By Brad Tuttle
Updated: October 8, 2018 9:15 AM ET

When is Columbus Day 2018? The holiday always takes place on the second Monday in October, or October 8 this year. That’s today!

Is Columbus Day a federal holiday? Yes, it is. Like other federal holidays, Columbus Day provides a day off for most federal government offices and non-essential federal workers.

But Columbus Day is somewhat of an oddity among holidays, and not only because of the controversy over whether or not we should honor the famous explorer who “discovered” America in the first place. Columbus Day is not nearly as universally observed as many other notable dates on the calendar. Less than half of the states give their workers Columbus Day off as a paid holiday. Most non-government businesses are open like usual on Columbus Day, and their employees have to work like it’s any other day.

Basically, it’s hard to tell if banks, post offices, schools, and the stock market are open or closed on Columbus Day. Here’s everything you need to know.

Are Banks Open on Columbus Day 2018?

Most — but not all — banks are closed on Columbus Day. Branch locations of banks like First Citizens Bank, Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, and Peoples United Bank are all closed on Monday, October 8, to cite a few examples.

On the other hand, some banks are open on Columbus Day 2018. TD Bank locations, for example, are open for business as usual on the holiday. Because it’s not always clear what banks are open and closed on Columbus Day, it’s best to check your bank’s website or give a call to your local bank branch to see if it’s open.

Is the Post Office Closed on Columbus Day? And Is There Mail on Columbus Day?

Columbus Day is a postal holiday. Post offices are closed, and there will be no mail delivered on Monday, October 8. However, most FedEx and UPS stores and services are open with normal business hours on Columbus Day.

Is the Stock Market Open on Columbus Day?

The New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, and other major U.S. markets are all open like usual on Columbus Day.

Are Restaurants and Stores Open on Columbus Day?

For the most part, yes. Nearly all restaurants and stores are open on Columbus Day. That goes even for retailers such as Costco, which closes down for several major holidays each year but is open on Columbus Day.

Some independently-run restaurants and stores may elect to close on Columbus Day. But the vast majority of businesses, and nearly all major chains, are open today.

Are Schools Open or Closed on Columbus Day?

Most colleges and schools around the country are closed on Columbus Day. There are exceptions, though. Public schools in Philadelphia and Miami, to name two examples, are open like normal on Monday, October 8.

So it’s best to check out your school’s website or call to verify if it is open or closed on Columbus Day 2018.

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