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Does the Stock Market Close Early the Friday Before Labor Day?

Kyle Woodley, Senior Investing Editor, Kiplinger.com

Labor Day traditionally marks the end of summer, but investors and traders hoping to get an early jump on the long holiday weekend will be disappointed in 2019. While the stock market is closed on Labor Day (Monday, September 2), as is the bond market, regular trading hours are in effect the Friday before Labor Day. Neither the stock market nor the bond market closes early on August 30.

The following is a schedule of all stock market and bond market holidays for 2019. Note that regular trading hours for the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and Nasdaq Stock Market are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern on weekdays. The stock markets close at 1 p.m. on early-closure days; bond markets close early at 2 p.m.

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2019 Market Holidays

DateHolidayNYSENasdaqBond Markets
Tuesday, Jan. 1 New Year's Day Closed Closed Closed
Monday, Jan. 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Closed Closed Closed
Monday, Feb. 18 Presidents' Day/Washington's Birthday Closed Closed Closed
Thursday, April 18 Maundy Thursday Open Open Early close
(2 p.m.)
Friday, April 19 Good Friday Closed Closed Closed
Friday, May 24 Friday Before Memorial Day Open Open Early close
(2 p.m.)
Monday, May 27 Memorial Day Closed Closed Closed
Wednesday, July 3 Day Before Independence Day Early close
(1 p.m.)
Early close
(1 p.m.)
Early close
(2 p.m.)
Thursday, July 4 Independence Day Closed Closed Closed
Monday, Sept. 2 Labor Day Closed Closed Closed
Monday, Oct. 14 Columbus Day Open Open Closed
Monday, Nov. 11 Veterans Day Open Open Closed
Thursday, Nov. 28 Thanksgiving Day Closed Closed Closed
Friday, Nov. 29 Day After Thanksgiving Early close
(1 p.m.)
Early close
(1 p.m.)
Early Close
(2 p.m.)
Tuesday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Early close
(1 p.m.)
Early close
(1 p.m.)
Early Close
(2 p.m.)
Wednesday, Dec. 25 Christmas Day Closed Closed Closed
Tuesday, Dec. 31 New Year's Eve Open Open Early Close
(2 p.m.)

Holiday observations

When a holiday falls on a weekend, market closures are dictated by two rules:

  • If the holiday falls on a Saturday, the market will close on the preceding Friday.
  • If the holiday falls on a Sunday, the market will close on the subsequent Monday.

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