What's open and closed on Labor Day 2023

A “We’re closed but still awesome" sign in Cambridge. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
A “We’re closed but still awesome" sign in Cambridge. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Summer is winding down. Here to mark the end of the season is Labor Day, which falls on Sept. 4 this year. For many, the day offers a chance to squeeze in one last backyard cookout, a hike or a trip to the beach.

Celebrated every year on the first Monday of September, Labor Day festivities date as far back to a parade on September 5, 1882, when thousands of workers took unpaid leave and marched through the streets of New York City. Their protest was part of a movement that led to improved working conditions across the country and created the first nationally recognized Labor Day holiday in 1894.

With many federal and state employees taking the day off,  here's what's closed and open this Monday:

Federal offices: Closed.

Federal courts: Closed.

Post offices: Closed.

State offices: Closed.

RMV: Closed.

State courts: Closed.

Municipal offices: Closed.

Public schools: Closed.

Libraries: Closed.

Trash pickup: Check with your local government office or provider. Boston residents can check for pickup delays by searching their address here.

Banks: Most banks will be closed. The Massachusetts Bankers Association encourages customers to check their local branch for adjusted hours of operations.

Stock market: Closed.

Retail locations: Open.

Liquor stores: Open.

Supermarkets: Open.


  • Subways, buses and The RIDE will run on a Sunday schedule.
  • The commuter rail will run on a weekend schedule.
  • Ferries: The Hingham-Hull-Logan Airport-Long Wharf ferry will run on a Sunday schedule; the direct Hingham-Boston route will have no service. The Charlestown and East Boston ferries will operate a weekend schedule. The Winthrop and Lynn ferries will be closed.


Irina Matchavariani WBUR Newsroom Fellow
Irina Matchavariani is a newsroom fellow at WBUR.



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