Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States, which means some places might be closed. Many of the government offices are slated to be closed, along with there being limited transportation options.

Post offices and UPS will be closed Tuesday and won't be delivering mail or packages. Fed Ex will be closed Tuesday and not doing home deliveries Monday.  

Most schools are out for the summer, but if they are still in session than they aren't operating Tuesday. Most libraries will also be closed Tuesday for the holiday, too. Most hospitals will remain open, although they will be running with a smaller staff. 

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The New York Stock Exchange will be closed for the holiday, as will all Federal Reserve banks and branches. Social Security offices are closed as well as the Department of Motor Vehicles. Most bank offices will also be closed, but accounts can be accessed online. 

Taking public transportation will be messy. Metro North will run on a regular weekday schedule Monday but services are on a Sunday schedule Tuesday "to get you to and from the annual Macy's Fireworks." Subways will be running on a Saturday schedule Tuesday, which means no 2 or 3 train service in Brooklyn and no B, W or Z service at all, among other changes.

Check the MTA website for full details and service changes to individual trains and stations.

In New Jersey, national parks and beaches were closed due to the state's government shutdown, including Cheesequake and Island Beach and Liberty State Park in Jersey City, according to NJ.com on July 1. The site also said that the shutdown would also not affect most local July 4 fireworks displays.

The government shutdown is expected to last through the holiday, although Jersey City Mayor Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop said the July 4 celebration scheduled for Liberty State Park featuring a concert by Kool & The Gang "would be held at another location" if the shutdown stretches on through the holiday. 

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In Washington, D.C., the Metrorail will open Tuesday at 7 a.m. and close at midnight on July 4th. "Trains will run every 12 minutes on each line until about 6 p.m. gradually ramping up to near rush-hour service levels thereafter," says the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority website

Some stores are going to be open on the weekend, trying to cash in on holiday specials. Most have modified schedules, so it's best to check local listings before heading out for shopping. One website to check for listings is is holiday shopping hours.com.