Labor Day may be known as the official "unofficial end of summer," but luckily for shoppers, they can do a little retail shopping to help ease the pain.

The first Labor Day occurred in 1882 in New York City and was meant to honor the contributions that laborers made to the overall well-being of the country. Today, the annual holiday is also the perfect weekend to snag a new electronic, skip town or have a BBQ.

No matter how you choose to celebrate, it's probably a good idea to know what stores you may or may not have access to.

Here's a handy guide as to what will be open and closed on Sept 2.


Shipping Services like the Post Office and UPS will be closed while FedEx will be open for "modified hours." Schools, government buildings, and banks will be closed. Retailers are typically open, but COSTCO will not be, which is possibly the most upsetting closure, especially for bulk shoppers. Also likely to be closed are liquor stores, but you'll have to check with your local store to know for sure due to different state laws.


Don't worry if you weren't invited to a BBQ this year, as lots of restaurants, especially chain eateries, will be open for the holiday, and, despite being managed by the government, National Parks are open too, as well as beaches.

Shopping malls, Kohls, Whole Foods, Walmart, Target, and most retailers will be open for consumers to take advantage of the holiday deals.

There's also no need to worry about how to get around on Labor Day. Airports and Amtrak will be open and rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft are also an option, but users should be aware there may be surcharge due to the holiday.

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Crowds walk along Broadway in Manhattan two days before the Christmas holiday in New York City, Dec. 23, 2018. Spencer Platt/Getty Images