Memorial Day is when we honor those who died while serving in the U.S. military.
For most Americans, the holiday also marks the beginning of summer which means they’re busy preparing for picnics, BBQs and road trips.
(Oddly, it’s also a great holiday for mattress sales.)
What shouldn’t be on the list of things to do — going to the bank.
See which banks are shutting down for Memorial Day and what you can do if your bank is closed.
Memorial Day Bank Holiday Schedule
Unlike the Confederate Memorial Day, Memorial Day is a U.S. federal holiday, which means banks are likely to be closed (although not all banks choose to close on all federal holidays).
For Memorial Day, however, all U.S. banks will be closed.
|Bank||Memorial Day holiday schedule|
|Bank of America||Closed|
|Fifth Third Bank||Closed|
|BMO Harris Bank||Closed|
Did you know? Memorial Day was created in the late 1800s when women laid flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers after the Civil War. Since then, it’s become a day of BBQs, road trips, and shopping for many Americans.
Some banks, like PNC and SunTrust, will have supermarket branches that also used to be open during limited hours on Memorial Day. But, the banks have changed that school — these types of branches will be closedas well.
What to Do if Your Bank is Closed
Your bank may be closed but you won’t be exempt from your financial duties so it’s crucial to plan ahead.
If you have any errands to run at the bank, especially the ones that will require the help of a banker or a teller, make an effort to take a visit before this three-day weekend kicks in.
If you need to get cash from the ATM, rest assured that ATMs will remain accessible any day of the week, even through the holidays.
Remember that you can always conduct your banking online and by smartphone, both of which will be useful especially if you’re traveling during the long weekend.
- Use mobile check deposits when possible to skip the trip to an ATM.
- Use online bill pay to send out payments without having to write a check and sending it via mail.
- Send money to other people using personal payments features, such as Zelle.
Fun fact: According to Google, some of the top Memorial Day destinations include Myrtle Beach (SC), Ocean City (MD), Portland (OR) and Disney World (FL).
Not a business day
Regardless of whether or not your bank is open, all banking transactions will not be processed on federal holidays.
Therefore, Monday will not be considered a “business day” when it comes to processing transactions.
So, if you have a payment that you anticipate to be delivered by Monday, it’ll actually end up posting on Tuesday. The same goes for any transfers between your bank accounts.
It’s important to note this delay to ensure that you do not miss any deadlines that could end up with you paying a late payment fee.
Other Closings Due to Memorial Day
Because Memorial Day is recognized as a federal holiday in the United States, many government offices, public schools, post offices, and banks will be closed on this day.
The good news is that most supermarkets, drug stores, and grocery stores will stay open over the Memorial Day weekend (including on Monday) to accommodate those who need to shop for their weekend BBQ.
Did you know? Over the long weekend, Americans will consume more than 818 hot dogs per second, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.
The team at MyBankTracker would like to wish you all a very fun and safe Memorial Day weekend!
Theresa is a research analyst at MyBankTracker.com. She is an expert in bank fees and policies, money psychology and consumer spending.