What's open and what's closed in Minnesota on Memorial Day 2018

Malls and stores will be open, but don't expect any mail.
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It's Memorial Day 2018, and a lot of businesses and public services are closed for the national holiday.

Nonetheless, if you have errands to run today, there are quite a few thing still open in Minnesota.

Here's a list of what's available, and what's not.

Grocery stores

Most grocery store chains are open and maintaining normal hours. This may be different for smaller, independent stores, so calling ahead might be a good idea.


Banks are typically closed on Memorial Day and other national holidays. However, some TCF Bank (Cub – open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and US Bank (Lunds & Byerly) branches inside grocery stores should be open.

All Wells Fargo branches will be closed.

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Malls, restaurants, liquor stores, and more

It's a big money-making day for retail businesses, many of which offer Memorial Day sales every year. Malls will be open today, as will most big box stores and restaurant and fast food chains. Movie theaters will also be open, as will convenience stores. As always, some of these businesses may have holiday hours, so you might want to double-check before heading out.

Major pharmacy retailers, like Walgreens and CVS, will also be open.

Liquor stores don't have to close in Minnesota on Memorial Day, so check with your local shop to see if they're open.

Garbage collection

If you get your garbage collected on a Monday, chances are your collection will be delayed a day. Check with your city or service.

Government offices

As it's a national holiday, state and federal offices as well as public buildings are closed. The same goes for the U.S. Postal Service and public schools.

Public parking

You'll catch a break at the parking meter if you're headed to any public events in the Twin Cities. There will be no parking enforcement in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Public transit

In the Twin Cities, Metro Transit buses and light rail trains will follow Sunday/Holiday schedules.

The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority will also be running a weekend schedule, but there will be no Maple Grove Transit, Plymouth Metrolink and SouthWest Transit services.


Most libraries will be closed, including those in Hennepin County, Duluth, Rochester and St. Paul.

State parks

Most Minnesota state parks are open – and hosting special activities. This weekend also sees the start of tours of the Soudan and Mystery Cave underground mines.

Click here for special events.

Memorial Day events

There are a number of Memorial Day events around the state, including a ceremony at the historic Fort Snelling National Cemetery in the Twin Cities, with the ceremony set to start at 10 a.m.

You can find lists of other memorial events here, courtesy of MPR, and here, courtesy of the Pioneer Press.

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