As the last Monday in May rolls around, Americans ready themselves for the unofficial start of summer by marking Memorial Day 2023. While discounts and deals are on the table, several businesses shut up shop for the holiday. So, you might be wondering if pharmacies are open if you run into any health trouble this last May weekend.
Each year, Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May. Previously known as Decoration Day, this federal holiday offers the chance to honor and pay tribute to US servicemen and women. It provides an opportunity to give thanks to those who lay down their lives in service of their country. As such, it is marked with a federal holiday, which sees Americans across the country take the weekend to pay their respects while also celebrating with their nearest and dearest.
Are pharmacies open on Memorial Day 2023?
Yes, certain pharmacies will stay open on Memorial Day 2023 and over the weekend. Although this is marked as a federal holiday, business will be as usual for those in the health sector.
Only non-essential federal government offices close on federal holidays. Those who are required to work – in order to keep the country ticking along – are paid for working the holiday. Those in healthcare and medicine, such as pharmacists, fall under this umbrella.
As expected, the likes of CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Duane Reed, and 7-Eleven will be open on Memorial Day 2023.
Pharmacy opening hours over Memorial Day weekend
Although certain pharmacies will remain open over the weekend, some have altered hours to their usual schedule. For example, one CVS in New York City is typically open from 9 am to 7 pm local time during the week. However, on Memorial Day (Monday, May 29), they will be open only from 10 am to 2 pm local time.
Most Rite-Aid pharmacies will be open from 8 am to 10 pm. 7-Eleven branches and Duane Reed are also open 24 hours, but the pharmacy might have altered opening hours.
Reduced hours are in place at a majority of pharmacies over this year’s Memorial Day weekend. To make sure you can visit your local pharmacy during its opening hours, be sure to check the store finder online.
Is the post office open on Memorial Day?
Post offices in the United States will be closed on Memorial Day. Mail will not run as usual on Monday, May 29. So, anyone hoping for deliveries at the start of the week might be faced with a delay.
The postal service will resume as normal on Tuesday, May 30th with parcels and letters arriving from then.
UPS, FedEx, Amazon and DHL will also not deliver as usual on Memorial Day 2023. However, UPS still offers Express Critical services and FedEx will continue offering Custom Critical services.