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Are Banks Open Today? 2024 US Bank Holidays

It’s annoying to go somewhere to run an errand, only to find out the business is closed. If that somewhere is your bank, and you’ve got time-sensitive money-related business to conduct there, it can be especially annoying to find the lights out and the door locked.

Fortunately, banks don’t take many days off, and the days they do take off are fairly consistent from year to year. Here’s when you can expect your bank to be closed. 

2024 US Bank Holidays & Closures

  • Basically, if it’s a major federal holiday, most banks will be closed.
  • Online bank transactions will not be processed on these federal holidays.
  • If you need to deposit or withdraw cash, you can use an ATM on bank holidays.

The Federal Reserve, which oversees the U.S. banking system, observes 11 federal holidays, which banks observe too. In 2024, these federal holidays are as follows:

DateDay of the WeekHoliday
January 1MondayNew Year’s Day (Observed)
January 15MondayMartin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 19MondayWashington’s Birthday/Presidents’ Day
May 27MondayMemorial Day
June 19WednesdayJuneteenth
July 4ThursdayIndependence Day
September 2MondayLabor Day
October 14MondayColumbus Day
November 11MondayVeterans Day
November 28ThursdayThanksgiving Day
December 25WednesdayChristmas Day

Your bank may choose to close on additional dates, such as Christmas or New Year’s Eve or to hold a staff volunteering day. Visit your bank’s website or call your local branch for specifics.

What Bank Holidays Mean for You

You can still use the ATM and access online banking when your branch is closed. If you use an online bank, you can access all of your normal services. However, since the Federal Reserve is closed on the above dates, it may delay transaction processing times.

For example, if it normally takes two to three business days for a deposited check to clear, it may take an additional business day if you deposit the check around a holiday. If you’re in a pinch and need to cash a check ASAP, you can explore other check-cashing options, but you’ll incur fees for doing so.

If you use online billpay, it’s best to schedule your payments for a day or two before the due dates to make sure they aren’t late if they occur around a holiday.

If your bank closes on a day that isn’t one of the 11 holidays listed about, it won’t affect transaction times since the Federal Reserve is still open. 

Customer service may also be unavailable or limited on a bank holiday.

Other Potential Bank Holidays to Keep in Mind

These federal holidays aren’t the only days banks might be closed. 

Some banks and credit unions close for other holidays (and quasi-holidays) that aren’t recognized as official federal holidays. This happens at management’s discretion and often isn’t broadcast widely, so you should get in the habit of checking your bank’s website before venturing out on unofficial holidays.

Common examples of unofficial bank holidays and quasi-holidays include:

DateDay of the WeekHoliday
March 29FridayGood Friday
November 29FridayBlack Friday
December 24TuesdayChristmas Eve
December 31TuesdayNew Year’s Eve

Even if banks aren’t closed on these days, they may have abbreviated hours. Typically, this means they open at the usual time but close early, perhaps at 12 pm or 1 pm.

What Are Regular Bank Hours?

Most banks and credit unions are open during what Americans commonly understand as “regular business hours”: 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

Deviation From Regular Bank Hours

Some banks and credit unions’ hours deviate slightly from this schedule. They might open at 8:30 am or 9:30 am on weekdays, or close at 4 pm or 4:30 pm. 

Although this isn’t as common as it was before online banking, some banks extend their hours into the evening on one or more weekdays (often Thursdays). On these days, banks might be open until 7 pm or 8 pm. Other banks might close their lobbies after 5 pm but keep their drive-thrus open 2 or 3 hours later.

Weekend Bank Hours

Banks and credit unions traditionally remained closed on Sunday, and that’s still largely the case. Online banking portals are open 24/7, of course, but banks don’t process transactions on Sundays (or Saturdays for that matter).

Most banks and credit unions open for a few hours on Saturday, or at least open some of their branches. (Branches in business districts that see little traffic on weekends might remain closed, for example.)

Typical Saturday bank opening hours occur in the morning: 9 am to 12 pm or 1 pm. It’s uncommon though not unheard of for banks to remain open well into the afternoon on Saturday.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Banking Transactions Go Through on Bank Holidays?

No, banking transactions don’t go through on bank holidays. If you initiate a bank transfer, payment, or other financial transaction on one of the federal holidays above, it won’t actually begin until the next business day. 

Do Bank Holidays Affect Branchless Banks?

Branchless banks, as online banks are sometimes called, remain accessible online 24/7 except when they’re down for maintenance. This is true for traditional banks’ online banking portals as well. But the same holiday transaction rules apply — they don’t process transactions on holidays, so they don’t offer any advantage over “regular” banks in this regard.

Are Banks Open on Christmas Eve?

Yes, many banks are open on Christmas Eve, though it’s always a good idea to check your bank’s website or call your local branch to confirm. It’s common for banks to have abbreviated hours on Christmas Eve, opening at the normal time in the morning but closing early in the afternoon.

Are Banks Open on New Year’s Eve?

Yes, many banks are open on New Year’s Eve. Like Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve is a common day for abbreviated bank hours, so do call ahead to confirm.

Are Banks Open on Black Friday?

Banks are usually open on Black Friday, which is the day after Thanksgiving. Even though many companies give their employees the day off to create a 4-day weekend, banks have traditionally stayed open since Black Friday was (and still is to some extent) a big business day for retailers.

Are Banks Open on Good Friday?

Many banks are open on Good Friday, which is the Friday before Easter. But some do close to observe Good Friday, so call ahead to confirm.

Final Word

With so much banking taking place digitally, bank closures aren’t as big a deal as they once were. But they can still put a crimp in your plans if they prevent you from accessing cash or lead to late fees. Be aware of bank holidays to ensure an ill-timed transaction doesn’t get you in trouble.

Kelly Ernst has written extensively about personal finance, careers, freelancing, and lifestyle topics, with her work appearing on The Penny Hoarder, The Write Life, Budgets Are Sexy, and Business Insider, among other places. She also served as Editor-in-Chief of Career Attraction and Assistant Editor of Brazen Careerist. She joined Money Crashers in 2018. In her free time, Kelly enjoys learning new frugal hacks, binging podcasts, and anything dog-related.