Are the Banks Open on Martin Luther King Day?

MLK Day is almost here, which has many folks wondering if the banks are open on Monday, January 15.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Are the banks open on Martin Luther King Day in 2024? That's a question plenty of folks are asking just ahead of the federal holiday. The answer is no, banks are not open on MLK Day, as the holiday is also known. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day became a federal holiday in 1983, when it was signed into law by then President Ronald Reagan, and was officially observed three years later. It wasn't until 2000 that all 50 states recognized MLK Day.

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Karee Venema
Senior Investing Editor,

With over a decade of experience writing about the stock market, Karee Venema is the senior investing editor at She joined the publication in April 2021 after 10 years of working as an investing writer and columnist at Schaeffer's Investment Research. In her previous role, Karee focused primarily on options trading, as well as technical, fundamental and sentiment analysis.