Note: This article has been updated for 2016
When holidays roll around, people often wonder if their local bank or credit union branch will be open during the holiday and the days around it. It can be frustrating going to your financial institution to find that it’s unexpectedly closed due to a holiday. When this questions comes up for Easter, the question is whether banks and credit unions will be open on Good Friday, the Easter weekend and Easter Monday?
Good Friday, the Friday before Easter is a Christian holiday, but it isn’t a Federal holiday. That means that most businesses, including banks, credit unions and post offices, will be open that Friday. While this is the general rule, there may be some exceptions, so it pays to contact your local bank, credit union and post office to make sure that they are open regular business hours just to make sure.
Much like Good Friday, the day before Easter is not recognized as a Federal holiday, so if your bank, credit union or post office is normally open on Saturdays, it will likely be open on this Saturday as well. This is the general rule and there may be a few exceptions, so it does pay to contact the specific institution directly to confirm that they will be open.
Most banks and credit unions don’t even list Easter Sunday as a holiday on their holiday schedule calendar because almost all of these institutions are closed on Sundays (The one exception is TD Bank which is open most Sundays.). As might be expected, all banks and credit unions are closed on Sunday including TD Bank for the holiday. Since this is the norm for banks, credit unions and post offices, this shouldn’t be an inconvenience for most people.
The Monday after Easter is not a Federal holiday (although it is a bank holiday is some countries outside the US), so much like Good Friday, most businesses including banks, credit unions and post offices will be adhering to their normal business hours. You can contact your local institutions to make sure, but the norm is to treat Easter Monday as a regular business day.
While the banks won’t physically be open on Sunday, you can still do any banking that can be done through the bank’s ATM systems which usually remain open 24/7. Another option is to use your financial institution’s online presence which should also allow you to do many standard banking functions. Thankfully, Easter is one of the few holidays in the US where there isn’t much disruption to the normal business hours of most banks, credit unions and post offices.
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