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Is the Stock Market Open on Inauguration Day 2021?

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Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2021. That means a holiday for most federal workers, who get every Inauguration Day off, as well as for a few individual businesses.

But the stock market will be open on Inauguration Day, as will the bond markets. Neither the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) nor the Nasdaq Stock Market have the day listed as a stock market holiday.

Investors likely aren't too perturbed, as they're already enjoying a short week thanks to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. And another day off is just around the bend, in the form of Presidents' Day, which comes in mid-February.

The following is a schedule of stock market holidays and bond market holidays for 2021. Please note that regular trading hours for the NYSE and Nasdaq 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.)

Stock 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.