Is the Stock Market Closed on Labor Day 2021?

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The fall equinox might technically be a few weeks away. But the unofficial end of summer – that would be Labor Day – is upon us. That means a three-day weekend for investors and traders. The stock market is closed for 2021’s Labor Day, which falls on Monday, Sept. 6, this year.

For the record, the bond market is closed for the holiday, too.

Unlike some market holidays, however, there are no early hours ahead of Labor Day. The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), Nasdaq Stock Market and bond market all have regular trading hours on Friday, Sept. 3.

Also note that a thin earnings calendar typically accompanies the Labor Day holiday.

A reminder: Labor Day is a longstanding holiday in the U.S. that celebrates the American worker. Oregon was the first state to adopt its celebration, in 1887. Seven years later, the U.S. made Labor Day a national holiday.

We’re hardly alone – dozens of other countries have a similar celebration called International Workers’ Day, but that falls on the first day in May.

The following is a schedule of all stock market and bond market holidays for 2021. Note that regular trading hours for the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and Nasdaq Stock Market are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern on weekdays. The stock markets close at 1 p.m. on early-closure days; bond markets close early at 2 p.m.

2021 Market Holidays

Date

Holiday

NYSE

Nasdaq

Bond Markets*

Friday, Jan. 1

New Year’s Day

Closed

Closed

Closed

Monday, Jan. 18

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Closed

Closed

Closed

Monday, Feb. 15

Presidents’ Day/Washington’s Birthday

Closed

Closed

Closed

Friday, April 2

Good Friday

Closed

Closed

Early close
(Noon)

Friday, May 28

Friday Before Memorial Day

Open

Open

Early close
(2 p.m.)

Monday, May 31

Memorial Day

Closed

Closed

Closed

Friday, July 2

Friday Before Independence Day

Open

Open

Early close
(2 p.m.)

Monday, July 5

Independence Day (Observed)

Closed

Closed

Closed

Monday, Sept. 6

Labor Day

Closed

Closed

Closed

Monday, Oct. 11

Columbus Day

Open

Open

Closed

Thursday, Nov. 11

Veterans Day

Open

Open

Closed

Thursday, Nov. 25

Thanksgiving Day

Closed

Closed

Closed

Friday, Nov. 26

Day After Thanksgiving

Early close
(1 p.m.)

Early close
(1 p.m.)

Early close
(2 p.m.)

Thursday, Dec. 23

Day Before Christmas Eve

Open

Open

Early close
(2 p.m.)

Friday, Dec. 24

Christmas Eve (Christmas Day Observed)

Closed

Closed

Closed

Friday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve

Open

Open

Early close
(2 p.m.)

* This is the recommended bond market holiday schedule from the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). This schedule is subject to change.

Stock Market Holiday Observations

When it comes to the stock and bond markets alike, if a holiday falls on a weekend, market closures are dictated by two rules:

  • If the holiday falls on a Saturday, the market will close on the preceding Friday.

  • If the holiday falls on a Sunday, the market will close on the subsequent Monday.

Stock and Bond Market Hours

The “core trading” stock market hours for the NYSE and Nasdaq are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. However, both exchanges offer premarket trading hours between 4 and 9:30 a.m., as well as late trading hours between 4 and 8 p.m.

Bond markets typically trade between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The stock markets close at 1 p.m. on early-closure days; bond markets close early at 2 p.m.

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