In 2020, Veterans Day falls on Wednesday, Nov. 11. It’s a federal holiday intended to commemorate those who have served in the military. In observance of Veterans Day, some U.S. markets will be closed and some will be open. If you plan to buy or sell certain stocks on the holiday, you might wonder if the stock market is open on Veterans Day.
Is the stock market open on Veterans Day?
Yes, the Nasdaq and the NYSE are open on Veterans Day. They will both be open during their normal operating hours. Neither market will be closed or use a shortened schedule. All trading can start as if it was any other Wednesday. As a result, you can buy or sell stocks listed on the S&P 500 Index, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and the Nasdaq Composite Index. The normal trading hours for the Nasdaq and the NYSE are 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET on weekdays.
In 2020, there are only two more federal holidays when the stock market will be closed—Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 26) and Christmas Day (Friday, Dec. 25).
Is the bond market open on Veterans Day?
The Bond market isn’t open on Veterans Day. The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association suggested that the bond market is closed on Veterans Day in-line with the U.S. Treasury Department’s holiday timetable.
Bond and stock markets used to be closed as far back as 1938. At the time, the national holiday was known as Armistice Day. The holiday commemorated World War I veterans. In 1954, in order to recognize the service of veterans from World War II and the Korean War, Congress swapped the term "Armistice" with "Veterans." The holiday commemorates the contribution of all retired U.S. military personnel.
Are there free meal offers on Veterans Day?
To thank veterans and current military personnel for their contributions, many businesses offer free meals, grocery store discounts, free haircuts, free car washes, restaurant deals, and more on Veterans Day. Most of the restaurants and stores will need proof of service or a military ID. The offers are only valid at participating locations in 2020.
- BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse: On Nov. 11, current and retired military personnel can enjoy a free entree up to $14.95 and a free Dr. Pepper beverage. The deal is valid for dine-in only.
- Chilli’s: On Nov. 11, current and retired military members will get a free meal. Meal options include Chicken Crispers, Bowl of Chili or Soup & Salad, Margarita Grilled Chicken, Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas, Oldtimer with Cheese, Just Bacon Burger or Cajun Chicken Pasta. The deal is valid for in-restaurant only.
- Dunkin': Veterans and active-duty military members will get a free donut of their choice with no purchase required on Nov. 11.
- Cicis Pizza: On Nov. 11, veterans and active-duty military personnel will get a free adult buffet.
- Applebee’s: Veterans and active-duty military personnel will get a free meal from a limited menu on Nov. 11. The deal is valid for dine-in only.
- Wendy’s: On Nov. 11, veterans and active-duty military personnel will get a free small breakfast combo. The offer runs from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with no purchase required.