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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

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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