July 4, 2020 is Saturday, July 4. Because the holiday falls on a Saturday this year, many companies and offices observe Friday, July 3 as an official holiday.
It is an American holiday that became a tradition in the 18th century during the American Revolution. On July 4, 1776, delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a landmark document drafted by Thomas Jefferson, after the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence.
Celebration traditions generally include attending parades, watching fireworks, and family barbecues.
Here’s everything you need to know about Friday, July 3.
Is the Fourth of July federal holiday?
Yes. Fourth of July is the fifth federal and state holiday of the year. Because the holiday falls on a Saturday, many companies and offices observe Friday, July 3 as an official holiday.
Is the post office open on Friday, July 3?
Yes. The offices of the United States Postal Service will be open and operate during their normal hours.
Does the mail run on Friday, July 3? Is there mail delivery?
There will be regular mail delivery on Friday, July 3, 2020.
FedEx and UPS will also operate basic service and delivery. UPS Freight and FedEx SmartPost, however, are closed.
Are the banks open on Friday, July 3, 2020?
Many in-person and car services will be open on Friday. Some bank locations may be closed until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The following banks are scheduled to open on Friday, July 3, 2020:
The following banks are scheduled to close on Friday, July 3, 2020:
What are the best Fourth of July 2020 sales?
There are many online sales for the Fourth of July. These are just a few:
Do the restaurants open on Friday, July 3?
Indoor dining areas are closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, but most restaurants must be open for cookouts, takeaways, and delivery. Customers should check with specific restaurants for exact hours and information.
Is the stock market closed on Friday, July 3?
The New York Stock Exchange will observe July 4 on Friday July 3 and will be closed. Nasdaq’s bond and trading markets will also be closed.
Do NJ Transit, PATH, and SEPTA operate on normal hours?
NJ Transit will observe July 4th on Friday July 3rd and will have special services or no services in effect. Passengers should use the NJ Transit online trip planner to verify arrival and departure times.
PATH and SEPTA will be operating their normal Saturday hours on July 4.
Are the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission locations open?
All offices of the Motor Vehicle Commission observe July 4 on Friday July 3 and will be closed. Additionally, all New Jersey state offices and courts are closed on Friday.
Online processing of some documents is also available on the website of the Motor Vehicle Commission.
When is the next federal holiday?
The next federal holiday is Labor Day on Monday, September 7, 2020.
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