Is the Stock Market Open on Election Day 2020?

While Wall Street will certainly play second fiddle to the voting booth Tuesday, Election Day is not a holiday, for the stock market and for most Americans.

A roll of I Voted stickers sits, lightly unfurled, atop an American flag
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Election Day – Tuesday, Nov. 3 – is sure to keep news-watchers plenty occupied. But everyone, and especially investors, should keep an eye on the stock market, which is indeed open for a full day of trading.

Given recent volatility leading up to the election, it could be a wild one.

"Overall, we believe it is highly likely for volatility to remain with us up to and past the election this coming Tuesday, as multiple macro triggers remain overhead," writes Dan Wantrobski, technical strategist and associate director of research at Janney Montgomery Scott.

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But perhaps, if there's a clean result, we'll be through the worst of the market roller coaster.

"We found that elections had their greatest impact on equity markets when Election Day was imminent – in the final two to four weeks," writes Chao Ma, global portfolio and investment strategist with the Wells Fargo Investment Institute.

And, of course, don't forget to vote. You can check out Ballotpedia (opens in new tab) to find your state's poll opening and closing times.

The following is a schedule of all stock market and bond market holidays for 2020.

2020 Market Holidays

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DateHolidayNYSENasdaqBond Markets
Wednesday, Jan. 1New Year's DayClosedClosedClosed
Monday, Jan. 20Martin Luther King Jr. DayClosedClosedClosed
Monday, Feb. 17Presidents' Day/Washington's BirthdayClosedClosedClosed
Thursday, April 9Maundy ThursdayOpenOpenEarly close
(2 p.m.)
Friday, April 10Good FridayClosedClosedClosed
Friday, May 22Friday Before Memorial DayOpenOpenEarly close
(2 p.m.)
Monday, May 25Memorial DayClosedClosedClosed
Thursday, July 2Day Before Independence DayOpenOpenEarly close
(2 p.m.)
Friday, July 3Independence Day (Observed)ClosedClosedClosed
Monday, Sept. 7Labor DayClosedClosedClosed
Monday, Oct. 12Columbus DayOpenOpenClosed
Wednesday, Nov. 11Veterans DayOpenOpenClosed
Thursday, Nov. 26Thanksgiving DayClosedClosedClosed
Friday, Nov. 27Day After ThanksgivingEarly close
(1 p.m.)
Early close
(1 p.m.)
Early close
(2 p.m.)
Thursday, Dec. 24Christmas EveEarly close
(1 p.m.)
Early close
(1 p.m.)
Early close
(2 p.m.)
Friday, Dec. 25Christmas DayClosedClosedClosed
Thursday, Dec. 31New Year's EveOpenOpenEarly close
(2 p.m.)
Friday, Jan. 1, 2021New Year's DayClosedClosedClosed

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.

Kyle Woodley
Senior Investing Editor, Kiplinger.com

Kyle is senior investing editor for Kiplinger.com. As a writer and columnist, he also specializes in exchange-traded funds. He joined Kiplinger in September 2017 after spending six years at InvestorPlace.com, where he managed the editorial staff. His work has appeared in several outlets, including U.S. News & World Report and MSN Money, he has appeared as a guest on Fox Business Network and Money Radio, and he has been quoted in MarketWatch, Vice and Univision, among other outlets. He is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University, where he earned a BA in journalism.