Here's what's open and what's closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

It's a federal holiday, so a lot is closed.
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Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day to celebrate the life and legacy of the civil rights leader.

The annual holiday is held on the third Monday of January (King Jr.'s birthday was Jan. 15), and there are events being held around Minnesota to honor the man, who was assassinated on April 4, 1968. For a list of events, check out this list by the Pioneer Press.

Because Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday, a lot of things are closed or have different hours (as always, check with your local retailer to make sure if its open). Here's a list:

  • Federal and state offices: Closed.
  • City offices: Most are closed.
  • City parking meters: It depends on the city, but many parking meters won't be enforced Monday, including in Minneapolis. That means free parking.
  • Public transportation: It'll be running, but service may be limited to a Sunday schedule in some cities. Metro Transit in the Twin Cities will be running on a normal schedule, while the Duluth Transit Authority has limited service around the University of Minnesota-Duluth, which is closed Monday.
  • Schools and universities: Closed.
  • Libraries: Closed.
  • Emergency services: Police and fire services won't be affect.
  • U.S. Post Office: There's no mail on Monday, and the post offices will be closed, too. But other delivery services like FedEx and UPS will still be making deliveries.
  • Banks and all U.S. financial institutions like the stock market: Closed.
  • Garbage and recycling pickup: It may not have normal service – check with your trash company. If you have City of Minneapolis trash service, it'll be on as normal.
  • Grocery stores: They'll be open.
  • Shopping malls: Open. (And stores usually have pretty good sales – U.S. News and World Report has a list of some of them.)
  • Liquor stores: Most will be open.

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