Anyone active in the stock market knows how important it is to know when the stock market opens and closes. If you think the market is closed when it is actually open, missing a day when the stock market is active could make a huge difference in your investment portfolio. When a holiday like Easter rolls around, it can get confusing. Although Easter is not a federal holiday, many people celebrate the holiday, which means a lot of establishments choose to close. Since it has its own schedule, you might wonder if the stock market is open on Good Friday, Easter, or both.

Is the Stock Market Open on Good Friday and Easter?


The “stock market” often refers to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the NASDAQ. Usually, it observes most federal holidays (like banks) and a few holidays that are not federal. However, there are some federal holidays it does not observe and some non-federal holidays, like Easter, that it does. The bond market (SIMFA) doesn’t follow the same schedule. So, if you are a trader or have money on the market, you may be wondering if it will be open on Good Friday, April 10 or Sunday, April 12 (Easter) this year.

Is the New York Stock Exchange Open on Good Friday?

The stock market is not open on Good Friday in observance of the Easter holiday. It is also closed on Easter — the stock market is generally closed on Sundays, so it isn’t a change from the normal schedule. There will be no selling or trading on Friday, April 10. You can, however, buy, sell, and trade on Thursday, April 9 and the market will reopen for regular hours on Monday, April 13.

Is NASDAQ Open on Good Friday?

NASDAQ will not be open on Friday, April 10. Because the NYSE and the NASDAQ run on the same holiday schedule, the NASDAQ will also be closed on Good Friday just like the NYSE. However, just like the NYSE, you will be able to access services on Thursday, April 9 and Easter Monday.

Will the Bond Market Be Open on Good Friday?

The bond market will be closed on Good Friday. The bond market, also known as the SIMFA, will be closed on Good Friday, April 10. If you have any business to tend to with bonds, you’ll need to take care of it Thursday or make sure it can wait until Monday.

The stock market (NYSE and NASDAQ) closes in observance of the following federal holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Washington’s Birthday
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

The stock market also closes early the day before Independence Day, the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Eve. It is also important to note that the NASDAQ follows the same schedule as the New York Stock Exchange. The closing times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

If you are an active trader or have holdings in the NASDAQ, NYSE, or bond market, you should become aware of what days these markets are open and closed. Often, the stock market does not always follow a federal holiday schedule, the market’s schedule is slightly altered.

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