What's open and closed on July 4th

As millions of Americans prepare to celebrate Independence Day on Thursday, July 4, 2024, here's a guide to what's open and what's closed so that you can plan accordingly.

Government offices and services

Most federal, state, and local government offices, including post offices, will be closed for the holiday, which means mail delivery will be limited. Libraries and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will also be closed.

Banks and financial institutions

Banks will be closed on July 4th. The stock market will also observe the holiday, with both the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and NASDAQ closed for the day.

Retail stores

Many major retailers will remain open, often with reduced hours. Here are some key stores and their holiday schedules:

  • Walmart: Open regular hours
  • Target: Open regular hours
  • Home Depot: Open regular hours
  • Costco: Closed

Grocery stores and pharmacies

Most grocery stores will be open, though some may have reduced hours. Major chains like Kroger, Safeway, and Publix will generally be open.

  • Whole Foods: Limited hours, check local listings
  • CVS and Walgreens: Most locations open, some with limited hours


If you're looking to dine out, many chain restaurants will be open, though hours may vary by location. Here's a selection of popular options:

  • Applebee's: Open from 11 am to midnight
  • Chili's Grill & Bar: Open from 11 am to 11 pm
  • Denny's: Open 24/7
  • IHOP: Open 24/7
  • Buffalo Wild Wings: Open from 11 am to 1 am
  • Olive Garden: Open from 11 am to 10 pm
  • Outback Steakhouse: Open from 11 am to 10 pm
  • Panera Bread: Limited hours, check local listings
  • Starbucks: Most locations open, hours may vary
  • McDonald's: Most locations open, hours may vary

Outdoor activities and national parks

National parks are a great option for celebrating the 4th of July. Many parks will be open and hosting special events. Here are some recommendations:

  • Yellowstone National Park: Open with regular activities, including hiking, wildlife viewing, and geyser watching.
  • Grand Canyon National Park: Open with ranger programs and hiking opportunities.
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Open with scenic drives, hiking, and picnicking.
  • Yosemite National Park: Open with guided tours, hiking, and spectacular views.

National forests like the Black Hills National Forest offer a less crowded alternative with opportunities for hiking, fishing, and exploring nature.


Public transportation systems may run on a holiday schedule, with some services reduced or not operating. It's best to check with your local transit authority for specific details.

Popular attractions and events

Cities across the country will host various events and fireworks displays. Notable events include:

  • Wawa Welcome America Festival in Philadelphia: A series of concerts, fireworks, and family-friendly activities from June 19 to July 4.
  • National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C.: A patriotic parade followed by fireworks on the National Mall.
  • Fireworks at Estes Park, Colorado: Enjoy live music and a fireworks display over Lake Estes.