Is Good Friday a Holiday?

Good Friday is an important Christian holiday celebrated two days before Easter Sunday, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus.

However, it is not a federal holiday in the United States. That means post offices and most governmental offices will be open.

Most banks will be closed, but this is not universally true—some smaller banks in certain towns may shut in observance. Good Friday is a state holiday in around a dozen states—including Delaware, North Carolina, and New Jersey—which means many non-essential state government operations will not operate. 

Many schools, particularly Catholic Schools, give students the day off, so make sure to check your child’s school schedule. Finally, libraries’ schedules are also highly idiosyncratic—so check before you show up carrying a load of overdue books. 

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