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What's open, what's closed on Memorial Day

Also find out what Memorial Day events are taking place across the state.
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It's Memorial Day 2017, 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

Banks are typically closed on Memorial Day and other national holidays. However, some TCF Bank (Cub) and US Bank (Lunds & Byerly) branches inside grocery stores are open.

All Wells Fargo branches will be closed.

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. Surdyk's and France 44 are among those opening.

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, the Star Tribune notes.

Public transit

In the Twin Cities, Metro Transit buses and light rail trains are on holiday schedules. However, several other services in the metro and surrounding areas will not be available, including the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority, Maple Grove Transit, Plymouth Metrolink and SouthWest Transit.

The Northstar train won't be running services except for one taking fans to the Twins game vs. the Houston Astros. That leaves Big Lake at 11:53 a.m., with the return journey leaving 30 minutes after the last out.

State parks

Some Minnesota state parks are open – and hosting special activities. Click here for a full schedule.

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. Wreaths will be laid at 9:45 a.m., and there will be a parade at 10:00 a.m.

A whole host of other activities will be taking place at the park throughout the day, click here for more.

For everywhere else in the state, the Pioneer Press has put together this list of Memorial Day events.

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