You can’t properly celebrate Easter without first observing Good Friday, the holy day commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Christians recognize this solemn day in different ways: Some attend church services, others eat a fish dinner, and many use the day to pause and reflect on the Jesus Christ’s sacrifice.
Religious or not, Good Friday is a great time to prepare for your family’s Easter festivities. If you have some extra things to square away — like crafting, hiding plastic eggs for your kid’s Easter egg hunt, and getting a jumpstart on your holiday dinner menu — you may count on Good Friday to run any remaining errands. That’s exactly why we’ve rounded up what’s open on Good Friday in 2021, everything from essential services (banks, post offices, and schools) to stores and restaurants.
Since Good Friday isn’t a federal holiday, the list of openings may vary from state to state. Currently, Good Friday, which is celebrated on Friday, April 2, is recognized as a holiday in 12 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Texas. In these states, all state offices and courts will be closed on Good Friday and residents may experience closures for banks, government buildings, public libraries, and schools.
Here’s what’s open on Good Friday:
Note: The following information doesn’t apply to the 12 states that recognize Good Friday as a holiday. As a general rule, always call your local establishments to confirm hours, no matter where you live.
Banks will be open on Good Friday, but some may have modified hours due to the coronavirus outbreak. Call your local branch before you visit.
U.S. Post Office
City, state, and federal government buildings, including courthouses will remain open. Many, however, have reduced hours due to the coronavirus outbreak.
There isn’t a hard and fast rule for public schools on Good Friday, especially amid the coronavirus pandemic. Most public schools will carry on with teaching, but some students may be remote learning at home. Others may include Good Friday in their spring recess, or spring break. It’s very common for Catholic schools and other religious institutions to be closed on Good Friday, so students and staff can observe the holy day.
U.S. stock markets will be closed on Good Friday. This includes the New York Stock Exchange Market and Nasdaq, which means all trading activity must be finished by Thursday or moved to the following Monday.
Select libraries around the country will be closed on Good Friday. Check your local library to see if they remain open or not. Regardless, you can access your library’s range of e-books, audiobooks, and more through apps like Libby.
Stores and Restaurants
Most grocery stores, convenience stores, and pharmacies will be open on Good Friday. Many restaurants and fast food chains, including Starbucks, McDonald’s, and Olive Garden are also open for curbside pickup, delivery, and dine-in eating. Dining rooms in select states remain closed or are only open to a limited capacity.
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