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Is the Stock Market Closed on Memorial Day 2021?

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Memorial Day is the traditional start to summer, and 2021's day of commemoration is sure to feel a little more normal than 2020's. The annual rituals of opening up the pool, running across a sandy beach and throwing a backyard cookout were on hold across various parts of the country last year as states struggled with the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, one thing remains the same, year after year: Investors will get an extra day off. Both the stock market and the bond market are closed on May 25 in observation of Memorial Day. Also, the bond market closes early the Friday before Memorial Day.

Regular trading in stocks and bonds resumes on Tuesday.

Here, we provide a schedule of stock market holidays and bond market holidays for 2021. Please 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.

2021 Market Holidays

Date

Holiday

NYSE

Nasdaq

Bond Markets*

Friday, Jan. 1

New Year's Day

Closed

Closed

Closed

Monday, Jan. 18

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Closed

Closed

Closed

Monday, Feb. 15

Presidents' Day/Washington's Birthday

Closed

Closed

Closed

Friday, April 2

Good Friday

Closed

Closed

Early close
(Noon)

Friday, May 28

Friday Before Memorial Day

Open

Open

Early close
(2 p.m.)

Monday, May 31

Memorial Day

Closed

Closed

Closed

Friday, July 2

Friday Before Independence Day

Open

Open

Early close
(2 p.m.)

Monday, July 5

Independence Day (Observed)

Closed

Closed

Closed

Monday, Sept. 6

Labor Day

Closed

Closed

Closed

Monday, Oct. 11

Columbus Day

Open

Open

Closed

Thursday, Nov. 11

Veterans Day

Open

Open

Closed

Thursday, Nov. 25

Thanksgiving Day

Closed

Closed

Closed

Friday, Nov. 26

Day After Thanksgiving

Early close
(1 p.m.)

Early close
(1 p.m.)

Early close
(2 p.m.)

Thursday, Dec. 23

Day Before Christmas Eve

Open

Open

Early close
(2 p.m.)

Friday, Dec. 24

Christmas Eve (Christmas Day Observed)

Closed

Closed

Closed

Friday, Dec. 31

New Year's Eve

Open

Open

Early close
(2 p.m.)

* This is the recommended bond market holiday schedule from the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). This schedule is subject to change.

Market Holiday Observations

When it comes to the stock and bond markets alike, if 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.

Stock and Bond Market Hours

The "core trading" stock market hours for the NYSE and Nasdaq are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. However, both exchanges offer premarket trading hours between 4 and 9:30 a.m., as well as late trading hours between 4 and 8 p.m.

Bond markets typically trade between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The stock markets close at 1 p.m. on early-closure days; bond markets close early at 2 p.m.