What Days Is the Stock Market Closed? Hours and Holidays (2021)

If you invest by buying shares of publicly-traded companies, you may be wondering: What days are the stock markets closed? You should find out when the stock market is open or closed before you make any stock market trades. This way you can be prepared based on whether trading is possible in your chosen time frame.

You can always check with your broker or financial manager, but that takes time. Instead, use this article to find out the stock market’s holidays and trading hours.

The stock market is closed on weekends and just like banks and government institutions, the NYSE is closed on certain American holidays as well. 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 two additional days in which the exchanges open as normal but close 3 hours early on the day before or the day following a holiday. These two days are the day before the 4th of July and the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday).

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.

Even if you’ve been investing in stocks for a long time, you still can’t always remember what day the stock market is closed. Fortunately, with this article, you can find out.

 

The 2021 Stock Market Holidays:

 

New Years Day

  • January 1st, 2021 (Friday)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • January 18th, 2021 (Monday)

Presidents Day

  • February 15th, 2020 (Monday)

Good Friday

  • April 2nd, 2021 (Friday)

Memorial Day

  • May 31th, 2021 (Monday)

Independence Day Observed

  • July 5th, 2021 (Monday)

Labor Day

  • September 6th, 2021 (Monday)

Thanksgiving Day

  • November 25th, 2021 (Thursday)

Day After Thanksgiving – Early 1PM Close

  • November 26th, 2021 (Friday)

Christmas Day Observed

  • December 24th, 2021 (Friday)

 

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)

 

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)

 

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 Weekends?

No, the stock market is not open on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

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

Yes, the stock market is open on New Year’s Eve (December 31st) unless it lands on a weekend day.

 

Is the Stock Market Open on MLK Day?

No, the stock market will not be open on MLK Day.

 

Is the Stock Market Open on Presidents Day?

No, the stock market will be not be open on Presidents Day, also known as Washington’s Birthday.

 

Is the Stock Market Open on Good Friday?

No, although most banks will be open, the stock market will be closed on Good Friday.

 

Is the Stock Market Open on Maundy Thursday?

Yes, the U.S. markets are open on Maundy Thursday, which is the Thursday before Easter. However, the bond market closes early at 2PM EST.

 

Is the Stock Market Open on Columbus Day?

Yes, the stock market is open on Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October). The bond market and most banks will be closed.

 

Is the Stock Market Open 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 Rosh Hashanah?

Yes, the U.S. markets are open on Rosh Hashanah.

 

Is the Stock Market Open on Yom Kippur?

Yes, the U.S. markets are open on Yom Kippur.

 

Is the Stock Market Open on Black Friday?

Yes, the stock markets are open for part of Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Markets close at 1PM EST on this day.

 

Is the Stock Market Open on Christmas Eve?

Yes, unless it falls on a weekend, the stock market is open on Christmas Eve (December 24th). In 2021, the Christmas holiday is on a Saturday, so Christmas is observed December 24th and the stock markets are closed.

Can the Stock Markets Be Closed Any Other Trading Days?

Yes, NYSE and NASDAQ and other exchanges can be closed on what would normally be a trading day. For example, it is tradition to close the markets on the day of a former President’s funeral. The markets where closed Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 to observe a national day of mourning for President George H.W. Bush.

 

Can the Stock Market Close During the Trading Day?

Yes, stock markets can close during a regular trading day due to volatility. The New York Stock Exchange has a rule called Rule 80B that prevents panic selling by closing the entire stock market if the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) falls 20% during the day. There is also a temporary 15-minute halt to trading (also known as a circuit breaker), if before 3:25 PM EST, the DJIA falls 7%, and again if it falls 13%.

 

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 is the “NYSE”?

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.

 

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.