It's Fourth of July, which means it's a federal holiday and everyone is hitting the lakes, grilling hotdogs and setting off fireworks.
But if you have errands to run or work to attend, here's a look at what's open and closed on Independence Day this year.
Buses and trains
Metro Transit buses and light rail trains in the Twin Cities will run on the Sunday/Holiday schedule (so less frequently, generally).
Northstar service won't be running. Duluth buses are operating a holiday service, while Minnesota Valley Transit Authority buses are on weekend schedules, and Southwest Transit isn't operating at all.
July 4 is a federal and state-mandated holiday, so government offices or services are pretty much all closed. This will affect things like garbage and recycling pick-up, which will be delayed for a day if Thursday is your usual pickup day.
On-street parking meters are free in Minneapolis today, though some spaces operated by Minneapolis Parks and Recreation and the University of Minnesota may not be – so be sure to check the meter if you're in one of their areas.
On-street parking meters are also free in St. Paul.
Big Box stores
Generally the best policy with this is to look up your specific store and check the hours. But for the most part:
- Target will be open as usual.
- Best Buy is open, though some may be closing a bit earlier than usual.
- Wal-Mart is operating as normal too.
For grocery stores – check your local store's hours, but here are a few to be aware of.
- Most Cub Foods are open.
- Whole Foods is open, but check as it'll possibly close early.
- Sam's Club is good until 6 p.m.
- Hy-Vee is open as usual.
- Costco stores are totally closed.
Almost all will be closed, though some TCF branches in Cub Foods stores and U.S. Banks in Lunds & Byerly's stores might be open for a few hours. Check your local branch.
Malls and shopping
Depends, so here's a list of some big ones. But remember, individual stores within the malls can set their own hours.
Mall of America: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Rosedale Center: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Southdale Center: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Ridgedale Center: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Eden Prairie Center: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Twin Cities Premium Outlets (Eagan): 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Burnsville Center: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Maplewood Mall: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.