Did you know that only 7% of people keep their New Year’s resolutions? 93% of Americans will make a New Year’s resolution for its own sake without making any real effort to manifest it. It’s why I just see New Year’s as any other day. Except it isn’t. New Year’s Day is actually a federal holiday. But since New Years Day occurs on a Saturday, many government offices and some retailers will observe the holiday on December 21, 2021. So, what’s open/closed on New Year’s Eve 2021?

Since New Year’s Eve is not a federal holiday, many retailers will be open with modified hours. And some government offices will be closed.

And if you plan on visiting any retailers, you should patronize your local stores as early as possible.

What’s Open/Closed on New Year’s Eve 2021?

What’s open/closed on New Year’s Eve 2021 depends on where you live.

Let’s start out by explaining what will be closed. If you do venture out to run errands or do business on New Year’s Eve, do yourself a favor and call ahead. Or wait until Monday if you can.

However, what is likely certain is that local municipal and federal. Some state offices may be open on New Year’s Day – check your official state websites before going out.

Most banks will be open on New Year’s Eve, but they may close their branch doors earlier than usual.

Stock markets should be open but may close earlier than usual.

Most courts of law should be closed on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day as well.

Your local post office should be open on New Year’s Eve. But you should count on it closing earlier than usual, so get there as early as possible.

And all schools should be closed on Winter break.

So, what will be open on New Year’s Eve?

What is Open on New Year’s Eve?

Most stores should be operating business as usual on New Year’s Eve.

Almost every major retailer, supermarket, and restaurant will be open on New Year’s Eve. Here is a major list of national retailers and businesses that should be open on New Year’s Eve.

Keep in mind that due to coronavirus mandates most places of business will limit how many patrons can be inside the premises at once time.

And all of these businesses will close earlier than usual. So, call ahead or check official business websites to verify business hours on New Year’s Eve.

And again, do yourself a favor – if you plan on shopping on New Year’s Eve, then get an early start.

Every major retailer in every large city will close their doors early ahead of public and local New Year’s celebrations.

Unless you need to stock up on supplies, you are better off waiting until Monday to go shopping or run errands.

Now that you know what’s open/closed on New Year’s Eve 2021, here are some interesting facts about the tradition of celebrating New Year’s.

Celebrating New Year’s is Probably a 4,000-Year-Old Tradition

The idea of celebrating New Year’s Day probably goes back over 4,000 years.

According to legend, Roman Emperor Julius Caesar was the first official to declare January 1 as a national holiday. Caesar supposedly named the month of January after the Roman god of gates and doors, Janus.

The idea is that since Janus has a head with a face on the front and back, the god was always looking forward and backward. So, people should similarly reflect on the last year and how things may go in the new year.

Baby New Year May Have Once Been Real

In ancient Greece, sometime around the year 600 B.C.E., ancient Greeks would have celebrated the coming of a new year by parading a small baby in a basket in celebratory crowds.

The ancient Greeks were paying respect to the god of wine and fertility, Dionysus, by holding babies in baskets aloft in celebratory crowds. The idea of the celebration was that the baby in the basket was a representation of a yearly reset or a rebirth of a new year.

New Year’s Ball Drops Were Invented to Aid Seafaring Mariners

The first ceremonial ball drops occurred in 1833 on a structure at the tip of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England. Every day at around 1 PM Greenwich time, the ball was dropped to assist any nearby ship in coordinating and synching their navigation equipment.

The concept of the ball drop to designate an official time was adopted for use in New Year’s ceremonies later.

The first New Year’s party occurred in 1904 in Times Squares, New York City. The 200,000 strong crowd was also there to celebrate the opening of the New York Times building as well.

And the first official ball drop celebration in Times Square did not occur until 1907.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from Savings Advice!

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