It’s time to remember our veterans.
Veterans Day is on Friday, Nov. 11. The holiday dates back to 1919, when President Woodrow Wilson, referring to it then as Armistice Day, said it “will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service.” The original concept, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, was “for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.”
Jump ahead to 2022, and many businesses and offices are closed on Veterans Day, although the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq are open. Here are some additional details about what’s open or closed for the holiday.
Mail and packages
The United States Postal Service (USPS) will not be delivering mail on Veterans Day, but UPS
will offer most of their regular services.
Most banks are closed, according to GoBankingRates, including the Federal Reserve Bank, as well as branches of Bank of America
and Wells Fargo
Since Veterans Day is indeed a federal holiday, all non-essential federal government offices are closed. It is also a state holiday in nearly all states, according to the Office Holidays website.
But national parks (many of which have direct connections to the U.S. military) will stay open — and they’ll even be free for visitors on Friday.
Most schools do close on Veterans Day, but it’s best to check with your local district.
Stores and restaurants
Stores and restaurants generally remain open on Veterans Day, with some chains including Starbucks
IHOP, Applebee’s and Olive Garden offering discounts for active military personnel and veterans in appreciation of their service.