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Are Banks Open on Good Friday 2021? Some Banks May Be Closed in These States

Are Banks Open on Good Friday 2021? Some Banks May Be Closed
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Good Friday, which falls on April 2 this year, is not a federal holiday, so Federal Reserve banks and branches remain open.

However, Good Friday is considered a public holiday in some states and banks in these areas may be closed. Contact your local bank before visiting to confirm exact hours of operation for Good Friday.

For any banks that are closed on Good Friday, account holders can still access online and mobile banking services, as well as ATM machines for any cash needs.

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas

Some banks that are open on Good Friday

What is Good Friday?

Good Friday marks the Friday before Easter Sunday, which is observed on the first Sunday following the first full moon after March 21, the spring equinox. Easter can fall on any Sunday between March 22 and April 25. This year it takes place on April 4.

Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Good Friday has been traditionally observed as a day of repentance, marked by fasting and prayer in the lead up to Easter.

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Why do some states count Good Friday as a holiday?

Back in 2009, the Connecticut State Legislature found that “either the governor or the law may designate a legal state holiday. The governor designates Good Friday and it appears this has been the case for over 100 years,” according to a report by Chief Legislative Analyst Kristin Sullivan.

“We searched the State Register and Manual and found that since at least 1906, Connecticut governors have so designated Good Friday. They have also designated Thanksgiving Day.”

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Washington’s Birthday (commonly known as Presidents Day)
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas

While not a federal holiday, Inauguration Day is a designated holiday for federal employees in Washington, D.C. and parts of its surrounding areas.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management states: “Federal employees in the Washington, D.C., area are entitled to a holiday on the day a President is inaugurated (January 20 following a Presidential election).”

The logo of Chase bank seen at a branch near Times Square in New York City on June 30, 2020. Some banks may be closed in states where Good Friday is considered a public holiday.
Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

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