What's open, what's closed on Memorial Day in Denver

Posted at 6:02 PM, May 28, 2017

DENVER -- Memorial Day is a time to remember those who fought for us and to reflect on their sacrifice to this country. 

As this is a federal holiday and many will be with their families during this time, many businesses will be closed for the day. Some, however, will operate on a holiday schedule. 

Take a look at what will be closed and what will be open during Memorial Day in Denver. 

What's closed

Government institutions 

As Memorial Day is a federal holiday, all government institutions will be closed on Monday, May 29.


Public school districts across the country allow their students, teachers and staff to observe the federal holiday. There will be no school on Memorial Day. 

Financial institutions 

Most banks observe the federal holiday, but there can be some exceptions. Check with your local branch to see if they're open for limited hours. 

Postal offices

The United States Postal Service, UPS and FedEx do not pick up or deliver your snail mail during Memorial Day. If you were looking to send that birthday card, wait until Tuesday. 

What's open 

Retail stores

As families tend to go out and spend money on Memorial Day, most shopping centers remain open during the holiday -- but with limited hours. Here's what that looks like for Denver:

  • Cherry Creek Shopping Center: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Denver Pavilions: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Shops at Northfield Stapleton: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Grocery stores 

Most big grocery store chains will remain open during Memorial Day, but the smaller mom and pop shops could be closed. You may want to call first before heading out the door. 


Most restaurants in Denver will also be open for business, but after a few calls we've found out more than a handful won't be. Make sure to call before trying to eat out this Memorial Day. 

Travel restrictions

If you're going out-of-town or are planning to use public transportation on Memorial Day, make sure you are aware of several travel restrictions:

Extra-legal vehicles or loads, other than an LVC's, are prohibited from traveling on state highways on Memorial Day between 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be no oversize and overweight restrictions on Highway 160 on Memorial Day, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Check here for a full list of vehicle restrictions.

The Regional Transportation District will operate all city buses and light rail on a Sunday/holiday schedule. Check here to see how this will affect your travel plans. 


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