It's Veterans Day...and here's everything you need to know about this national holiday.

WHAT IS VETERANS DAY AND WHEN DID IT START?

According to military.com, Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day and it was started in 1938 to honor veterans who served in World War I.  The date was chosen because it was the anniversary of the end of WWI (Nov. 11, 1918).

Military.com says that in 1954, "at the urging of the veterans service organizations," Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day and the holiday was used to honor Americans who served in all wars.

 

WHAT IS CLOSED ON VETERANS DAY?

Veterans Day is a federal holiday, which means most government-run agencies and businesses are closed.  According to cnn.com, that includes post offices (and postal deliveries), DMV's, and most public libraries.

Most banks are closed, although according to nj.com, TD Banks will be open.

 

WHAT IS OPEN ON VETERANS DAY?

Most stores and restaurants remain open on Veterans Day.

NJ.com says that the NY Stock Exchange will be open and NJ Transit, SEPTA, and PATH will operate normal schedules.

According to cnn.com, national parks, zoos, some museums, and delivery services like FedEx and UPS will be open today.

 

If you are unsure whether a business is open or closed, it is recommended that you contact them directly.