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Published: Apr 01, 2018 3 min read

Easter is always on a Sunday, so the stock market, most government offices, and many banks are closed for Easter—as they usually are on Sundays.

Still, since the Easter is a widely celebrated religious holiday but not a national holiday, it can be hard to tell what's open and what's closed on Easter.

As you'd probably guess, Walmart and many other major retailers are open with normal hours on Easter—as are the vast majority of locations for national restaurant chains like Starbucks, McDonald's, Burger King, Waffle House, and Taco Bell. Many restaurants have special menus and Easter brunch and dinner deals as well.

Here are more specifics on what's open and what's closed on Easter 2018.

What stores are closed on Easter Sunday?

Easter is not an official federal holiday, but several major retailers shut down for the holiday regardless. Some entire malls are closed on Easter 2018 too: The Orange Park Mall in Florida and the Monmouth Mall in New Jersey are closed, for example, as are many Simon malls around the country. Note that even if a mall's stores are closed on Easter Sunday, the mall's restaurants and movie theaters are still probably open.

There are also several national retailers that are closed nationwide for Easter 2018. Stores that are closed on Sunday, April 1, include:

Best Buy
J.C. Penney
Sam's Club
T.J. Maxx and Marshalls

What restaurants are open on Easter?

The vast majority of restaurants are open on Easter Sunday. Among the national chain restaurants, exceptions are Chipotle, which keeps most locations closed on Easter, and Chick-fil-A, which is closed in every location on every Sunday—so that obviously includes Easter. Some independent restaurants may be closed on Easter as well, so it's smart to check ahead of time.

Are banks open on Easter?

Banks that are normally closed on Sundays will of course be closed on Easter. As for banks with branches that are normally open on Sunday, some of them are closed on Easter as well. For example, most TD Bank and Wells Fargo locations are closed on Easter, even though they have teller hours on other Sundays.

Among the few banks that are open with normal hours on Easter Sunday 2018 are KeyBank, First Citizens, PNC, and U.S. Bank.