If you find yourself googling Columbus Day annually to see if it's a federal holiday or national, like me (too see if I get the day off, hehe) ... It's a federal holiday. That basically means you might or might not get it off and if your lucky, you might be able to make it a floater.
Yep federal holidays basically make things a little confusing when it comes to whats open and not. I kind of base it on if it's a small business or state/government thing ... it's most likely closed, but you never know. That's why this list from nj.com is everything right now.
But here is your Carmen Version ... (it's a little more millennial)
Mail Delivery & Post Office ... not happening, sorry boo that Fashion Nova package is going to have to wait.
UPS & FedEx ... Yasss! It's so open.
Stock Markets ... Yep! Get that money, honey!
Motor Vehicle Commission locations ... Closed! Car inspections too! But ... aren't we so lucky to live in a digital age where their website processes some documents 24/7. Go us!
Federal Courts ... So closed! The government is not dealing with our drama today.
Banks? ... Everything is basically closed except TD, their like, always open.
NJ Transit, PATH & SEPTA ... All running on normal weekday schedules!
Restaurants, Food Stores & Malls ... Most likely should be open, but double check first for reduced hours. Malls, of course! Can you say SALES! Go get your shop on! In fact here's a list of malls open and their hours (you're welcome!)
- Bridgewater Commons — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m
- Brunswick Square Mall — 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Cherry Hill Mall —10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Deptford Mall — 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Hamilton Mall — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Menlo Park Mall — 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Monmouth Mall — 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Quaker Bridge Mall — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Short Hills Mall — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Westfield Garden State Plaza — 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
- Woodbridge Mall — 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Federal holidays are so lit, right?! The uncertainty of what's open and closed, YASS! You're probably dying to know when the next one is ...
The next federal holiday is Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018.
Then, Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22, and Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25.
All jokes aside here is the history of the holiday courtesy of nj.com.
'Columbus Day became a federal holiday in the United States in 1937 to commemorate the landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492. The holiday is also considered a celebration of Italian-American heritage.
Columbus Day is observed on the second Monday in October.'