Are Social Security Offices Open on Veterans Day and Other Federal Holidays?

Find out if your local Social Security field office is likely to be closed due to Veterans Day or another federal holiday before you make the trip.

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Need to apply for Social Security benefits? How about getting a Social Security replacement card? A quick trip to your local Social Security field office is one way to accomplish these tasks in person -- as long as the office is open.

Office hours are limited, and if there's a holiday coming up it's especially important to confirm that your local field office won't be closed. Social Security field offices usually aren't open on federal holidays.

2019 Federal Holidays for Social Security Offices

Federal HolidayDate Observed
New Year's DayTuesday, January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s BirthdayMonday, January 21
Washington's BirthdayMonday, February 18
Memorial DayMonday, May 27
Independence DayThursday, July 4
Labor DayMonday, September 2
Columbus DayMonday, October 14
Veterans DayMonday, November 11
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 28
Christmas DayWednesday, December 25

Use the Social Security Office Locator (opens in new tab) to find the location nearest you. In addition to holiday closures, you can also find information on Social Security office hours and office closings (either temporary or permanent). In general, Social Security field offices are open weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except Wednesdays, when offices close at noon). Offices are closed on weekends.

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If you discover that your local Social Security field office is closed due to a holiday or for some other reason, many Social Security services are also available online or by telephone (call toll-free: 1-800-772-1213). To access most online services, from reviewing your earnings history to checking your application status, you'll need to set up a free My Social Security Account (opens in new tab).

Michael DeSenne
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DeSenne made the leap to online financial journalism in 1998, just in time for the dot-com boom. After a stint with Dow Jones Newswires, dreams of IPO riches led him to, where over nine years he held several positions, including executive editor. He later served as the personal finance editor at and In 2011, he joined, where he focuses on content strategy, video, SEO and Web analytics. DeSenne has a BA from Williams College in Anthropology—a major deemed the absolute worst for career success by none other than Kiplinger.