Stock Market Holidays 2013-14

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the NASDAQ Stock Market, the BATS Stock Exchanges, the Direct Edge Stock Exchanges and all other U.S. stock exchanges make up what we refer to as “the stock market”. The stock market actually is comprised of 16 different exchanges, although these four U.S. exchanges represent the vast majority of the daily volume of stocks traded. All of the stock exchanges follow the same holiday schedule and calendar, although they do have different trading hours.

Mastertrader and the US stock exchanges will observe the following 2013-14 Stock Market holiday schedule:

  • Holiday Calendar
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • New Year's Day
  • January 1
  • January 1
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • January 21
  • January 20
  • Washington's Birthday
  • February 18
  • February 17
  • Good Friday
  • March 29
  • April 18
  • Memorial Day
  • May 27
  • May 26
  • Independence Day
  • July 4**
  • July 4**
  • Labor Day
  • September 2
  • September 1
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • November 28*
  • November 27*
  • Christmas Day
  • December 25***
  • December 25***
*Each stock market will close early at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 29, 2013 and Friday, November 28, 2014 (the day after Thanksgiving).

**Each stock market will close early at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 and Thursday, July 3, 2014.

***Each stock market will close early at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 and Wednesday, December 24, 2014.

2013 Stock Exchange Holidays in Detail:

The U.S. stock markets and the Mastertrader office are closed on New Year's Day - January 1st, 2013, Martin Luther King Day (MLK day) – January 21st, 2013 and on Washington's birthday (also known as President's Day) – February 18th, 2013. The stock exchanges and the Mastertrader office are also closed on Good Friday – March 29th, 2013,  Memorial Day – May 27th, 2013, Independence Day – July 4th, 2013. On July 3rd, the markets and our office will only be open for half a day of trading. Closed on Labor Day – September 2nd, 2013 and for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 28th. Both are open for a half day of trading on Friday the 29th. The markets and our office will be open for half a day of trading on Christmas Eve on Tuesday, December 24th and will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25th, 2013.

For all other holidays not listed here, including other Federal Holidays, the stock markets are open. Please note that on the Federal Holidays that we are open, banks, the Federal Reserve, the postal service and other government offices will be closed. ACH transactions, wires, checks via the postal service, or movements between money market funds (no same day purchases or redemptions) will not be processed. We will notify our clients via email for other unplanned closures for circumstances such as extreme weather events or major stock exchange infrastructure outages.

Stock Market Holidays FAQ:

Q: If a stock market holiday falls on a Saturday, when does the market close?

A: If a stock market holiday falls on a Saturday, then the stock exchanges will close on the previous day, Friday, unless the Friday is the end of a monthly or yearly accounting period.

Q: If a stock market holiday falls on a Sunday, when does the market close?

A: If a stock market holiday falls on a Sunday, then the stock exchanges will close on the following day, Monday, unless the Monday is the end of a monthly or yearly accounting period.

Q: Is the stock market closed on Columbus Day, Veterans Day or Election Day?

A: No, the stock market is open on Columbus Day, Veterans Day and Election Day. These three holidays are Federal Holidays not observed by the US Markets. US banks, the Federal Reserve, the postal service and other government offices will be closed. ACH transactions, wires, checks via the postal service, or movements between money market funds (no same day purchases or redemptions) will not be processed.

Q: Is the stock market closed the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday)?

A: No, the stock market is open until 1 p.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Q: Is the stock market closed on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur or on the Monday after Easter?

A: No, the U.S. stock market is open during Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and on the Monday after Easter.

Q: Why does the stock market observe "Washington's Birthday" rather than "President's Day?"

A: Per the New York Stock Exchange website, "Washington's Birthday was first declared a federal holiday by an 1879 act of Congress. The Monday Holiday Law, enacted in 1968, shifted the date of the commemoration of Washington's Birthday from February 22 to the third Monday in February, but neither that law nor any subsequent law changed the name of the holiday from Washington's Birthday to President's Day. Although the third Monday in February has become popularly known as President's Day, the NYSE's designation of Washington's Birthday as an Exchange holiday (Rule 51) follows the form of the federal holiday outlined above (section 6103(a) of title 5 of the United States Code)."

Q: What “unplanned” circumstances might close the stock market?
A: Many uncommon occurrences have closed the US exchanges in the past.
  • National Day of Mourning – The exchanges closed for one day in observance of the National Day of Mourning for President Ronald W. Reagan on June 11th, 2004. (Died June 5th, 2004)
  • System failures: Trading was halted from 10:10 to 11:35 am due to computer systems connectivity problem. – June 8th, 2001
  • Circuit Breakers: “Circuit breakers” triggered when the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 350 points, triggering a mandated trading halt that closed the market at 2:35 pm for a half hour. Trading resumed at 3:05 pm and the Dow declined an additional 200 points, causing another halt at 3:30 pm that ended trading for the day. – October 27th, 1997
  • Power failures – The Northeast blackout of 2003 significantly impacted trading..
  • Weather – Super Storm Sandy closed the markets for two days - October 29th and 30th 2012.
  • War - The exchanges were closed for 5 months in 1914 at the beginning of World War I.
  • Terrorist attacks – The September 11th attacks closed the markets for four days - September 11-14, 2001.