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It’s Labor Day: Here’s what’s open and what’s closed

Monday is Labor Day – a federally recognized holiday – so a lot of things that are normally open won’t be, but it also means some pretty good sales.

Here’s a quick rundown of what’s closed today, and some of the things happening at places that are open. (As with any list like this, there may be small exceptions.)

Metro Transit buses and trains – Limited

Buses and light rail trains (both Blue and Green lines) will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule, which basically means less frequent service than normal weekdays and Saturdays. Northstar trains do not run – except there will be a train for the 1:10 p.m. Twins game.

Most of the Metro Transit administrative operations – service centers, lost and found, customer relations – won’t be open either.

Post Office – Closed

The United States Postal Service doesn’t deliver on Labor Day, and post office locations aren’t open.

UPS, FedEx and Amazon-delivered shipments are delayed by the holiday, International Business Times says.

Banks – Closed

Most banks observe Labor Day as a holiday and are closed. Occasionally some of the larger banks will be open limited hours – but call ahead to verify, as it depends on the location.

Libraries – Closed

Public library systems are closed. Though if your local library has an off-hours return box, you can always put your items in there (but they won’t be checked in until it’s open again).

DMV, courts, other government services – Closed

Don’t plan a DMV trip for Labor Day. State, county and federal service offices are closed. Most city offices will be closed as well (though law enforcement and emergency response services will still be operational, of course).

Schools – Closed

No classes! Public schools are closed, as are colleges and universities.

Stores and restaurants – Mostly open

Not everything is guaranteed to be open, but most retailers use Labor Day and the weekend lead-up as a sales event. The Christian Science Monitor has a list of what you should buy – and what you should skip – at the sales this weekend.

Here’s a look at some of the sales happening Monday:

Target: Clothes, shoes, home goods, electronics and more are 40 percent off, International Business Times says.

Macy’s: Yahoo says all back-to-school items are 30-50 percent off.

Best Buy: 60 percent off on tablets, TVs, other electronics; and up to 35 percent off through Sept. 14, according to International Business Times.

Ace Hardware, Lowe’s, and Home Depot: Weber grills are $100 off (and at Lowe’s there’s also a sale on patio furniture), according to Yahoo.

Walmart: A bunch of stuff is on sale at Walmart, including mattresses, sports gear and patio furniture. Check out Walmart’s website here for more.

Pottery Barn: Bedding, decor, outdoor furniture and more is up to 70 percent off.

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