Markets

Is the Stock Market Closed on Good Friday and Easter 2021?

While the stock markets get a full day off for Good Friday, bond traders aren't so lucky this year.

Most investors will get to enjoy a holiday-shortened week. The stock market is closed on Good Friday, April 2, 2020, ahead of the Easter Sunday holiday, which falls on April 4.

As a result, no major earnings are scheduled for Friday.

But while Friday is a stock market holiday, it's only a partial holiday for bond traders. The bond markets will shut down early, at 2 p.m., on Friday, which is a deviation from 2020: Last year, the bond market was not only fully closed on Good Friday, but also for Maundy Thursday.

Stock and bond trading resume at their normal hours on Monday, the day after Easter.

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

DateHolidayNYSENasdaqBond Markets*
Friday, Jan. 1New Year's DayClosedClosedClosed
Monday, Jan. 18Martin Luther King Jr. DayClosedClosedClosed
Monday, Feb. 15Presidents' Day/Washington's BirthdayClosedClosedClosed
Friday, April 2Good FridayClosedClosedEarly close
(Noon)
Friday, May 28Friday Before Memorial DayOpenOpenEarly close
(2 p.m.)
Monday, May 31Memorial DayClosedClosedClosed
Friday, July 2Friday Before Independence DayOpenOpenEarly close
(2 p.m.)
Monday, July 5Independence Day (Observed)ClosedClosedClosed
Monday, Sept. 6Labor DayClosedClosedClosed
Monday, Oct. 11Columbus DayOpenOpenClosed
Thursday, Nov. 11Veterans DayOpenOpenClosed
Thursday, Nov. 25Thanksgiving DayClosedClosedClosed
Friday, Nov. 26Day After ThanksgivingEarly close
(1 p.m.)
Early close
(1 p.m.)
Early close
(2 p.m.)
Thursday, Dec. 23Day Before Christmas EveOpenOpenEarly close
(2 p.m.)
Friday, Dec. 24Christmas Eve (Christmas Day Observed)ClosedClosedClosed
Friday, Dec. 31New Year's EveOpenOpenEarly 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.

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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