What Days Is the Stock Market Closed? Hours and Holidays in 2019 and 2020

What Days Is the Stock Market Closed? Hours and Holidays in 2019 and 2020


The New York Stock Exchange is the largest stock market in the world, surpassing the NASDAQ and the Japan Exchange (JPX). It goes by the symbol NYSE, which some refer to as “The Big Board.” The exchange is headquartered on Wall Street in Manhattan, New York City. The building of the NYSE at 11 Wall St. is considered to be a National Historic Landmark.

The outstanding shares of its publicly listed companies have a value of over $20 trillion. On average, nearly $50 billion worth of trading takes place on the NYSE each trading day. 80,739,870,127 shares were traded on the NYSE during the month of January 2019.

On some days you might ask, why is the stock market closed? Just like banks and government institutions, the NYSE is closed on certain American holidays. The NASDAQ follows the same holiday schedule as the NYSE. This means that no stocks listed on the NYSE and NASDAQ will be traded on these days.

There are a total of nine stock market holidays. There are also three additional days in which the exchanges open as normal but closes 3 hours early on the day before or the day following a holiday. These three days are the day before the 4th of July, the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday), and Christmas Eve.

If a holiday falls on a Sunday, then it will be observed on the following Monday. And if a holiday lands on a Saturday, it will be observed on Friday instead. This is the traditional thing to do when observing most holidays, especially those of which are federal holidays.


 

The 2019 Stock Market Holidays:

 

New Years Day

  • January 1st, 2019 (Tuesday)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • January 21st, 2019 (Monday)

Presidents Day

  • February 18th, 2019 (Monday)

Good Friday

  • April 19th, 2019 (Friday)

Memorial Day

  • May 27th, 2019 (Monday)

3rd of July – Early 1PM Close

  • July 3rd, 2019 (Wednesday)

Independence Day

  • July 4th, 2019 (Thursday)

Labor Day

  • September 2nd, 2019 (Monday)

Thanksgiving Day

  • November 28th, 2019 (Thursday)

Day After Thanksgiving – Early 1PM Close

  • November 29th, 2019 (Friday)

Christmas Eve – Early 1PM Close

  • December 24th, 2019 (Tuesday)

Christmas Day

  • December 25th, 2019 (Wednesday)

 

The 2020 Stock Market Holidays:

 

New Years Day

  • January 1st, 2020 (Wednesday)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • January 20th, 2020 (Monday)

Presidents Day

  • February 17th, 2020 (Monday)

Good Friday

  • April 10th, 2020 (Friday)

Memorial Day

  • May 25th, 2020 (Monday)

Independence Day Observed

  • July 3rd, 2020 (Friday)

Labor Day

  • September 7th, 2020 (Monday)

Thanksgiving Day

  • November 26th, 2020 (Thursday)

Day After Thanksgiving – Early 1PM Close

  • November 27th, 2020 (Friday)

Christmas Eve – Early 1PM Close

  • December 24th, 2020 (Thursday)

Christmas Day

  • December 25th, 2020 (Friday)

 

Is the Stock Market Open Monday?

Unless the Monday is MLK Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, or Labor Day, yes the stock market is open Monday.

 

Is the Stock Market Open on New Year’s Eve?

Yes, the stock market is open on New Year’s Eve (December 31st).

 

…on Good Friday?

No, the stock market will be closed on Good Friday.

 

…on Columbus Day?

Yes, the stock market is open on Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October).

 

…on Veterans Day?

Yes, the stock market is open on Veterans Day (November 11th) unless it is a Saturday or Sunday.

 

Is the Stock Market Open on December 24th?

Yes, the stock market is open on Christmas Eve (December 24th) but closes early at 1PM EST.

 

What Are the Trading Hours for the Stock Market?

On a regular trading weekday, NYSE and NASDAQ will open for trading at 9:30AM and close at 4PM Eastern Standard Time (EST).

For Pacific Time, which includes California, the stock market opens at 6:30AM and closes at 1PM (PST).

For Mountain Time, which includes Arizona, the stock market opens at 7:30AM and closes at 2PM (CST).

For Central Time, which includes Illinois, the stock market opens at 8:30AM and closes at 3PM (CST).

In Alaska it opens at 5:30AM and closes at 12PM (AKST) and in Hawaii it opens at 3:30AM and closes at 10AM (HST).

 

What Are the Extended Trading Hours for the Stock Market?

You are not forced to buy and sell shares only during the regular hours. Both the NYSE and NASDAQ have pre-market trading and after-hours trading. You are able to place trades through your brokerage before and after the normal trading hours. But not all brokerages will allow you to do this, though. You typically must use a brokerage with a web or mobile app such as E-Trade, TD Ameritrade, and Robinhood. The extra time window available to place these trades is 5.5 hours for pre-market trading and 4 hours for after-hours trading, but it will depend on the brokerage.

Please note that the pre-market and after-hours trading sessions have much lower trading activity taking place. You might find a huge jump or decline in price once the normal trading hours are present again. This is due to the huge wave of volume that comes when traders are actively trading on the market during regular hours.