Next week brings the third Monday in January, marking the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day throughout the country for 2022.
Established as a federal holiday in 1983 and first observed in 1986, the day commemorates the values of “courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility, and service that so radiantly defined” the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s character, wrote the civil rights leader’s late wife, Coretta Scott King, in The Meaning of the King Holiday. As a result, many people observe the holiday by volunteering for a day of service.
And like with other federal holidays, MLK Day brings some schedule changes for government, banking, and transportation services, though most stores remain open. So, with that in mind, here’s what’s open and closed on MLK Day across the Philadelphia region.
✅ Acme Markets locations will be open for normal hours. Check your local store’s hours at local.acmemarkets.com.
✅ Whole Foods will be open for normal business hours. Check your local store’s hours at wholefoodsmarket.com/stores.
✅ Giant locations will be open for regular hours. Check your local store’s hours at giantfoodstores.com/store-locator.
✅ South Philly Food Co-op will be open regular hours (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.).
✅ Sprouts will be open for its normal business hours.
✅ Trader Joe’s stores will be open for their regular hours.
✅ Aldi will be open for their normal hours. Use their store locator at aldi.us/stores/ to check your local store’s hours.
✅ Reading Terminal Market is open under its normal hours.
Fine Wine & Good Spirits
✅ Locations that are normally open on Mondays will be open for regular business hours. Check your local store’s hours on the FWGS store locator online.
United States Postal Service
❌ Post offices are closed on MLK Day, and the USPS will not be delivering regular mail.
UPS, FedEx, and DHL
❌ Most banks are closed, but check with your individual branch to ensure they aren’t operating under modified hours.
✅ SEPTA subways, trolleys, the Norristown High Speed Line, and Regional Rail will run on their normal schedules. City buses will be on an alternative schedule, and there will be no school service, a representative said. For more details on SEPTA schedules, visit septa.org.
✅ PATCO will operate on its regular schedule, but a track work schedule may be in effect for a portion of the day, a representative said. For the latest scheduling updates, check ridepatco.org/schedules/schedules.asp.
✅ CVS locations will operate under normal business hours. Call ahead to your local store before visiting, or view its hours at cvs.com/store-locator/landing.
✅ Rite Aid stores will be open for regular business. Call ahead for your local store’s hours, or check them online at riteaid.com/locations/search.html.
✅ Walgreens locations will be open for regular business hours. Check your local store’s hours at walgreens.com/storelocator.
❌ There is no trash or recycling pickup on MLK Day in Philadelphia. All trash pickups scheduled this week will occur a day later than scheduled.
✅ Target locations will be open for regular business. Check your local store’s hours at target.com/store-locator/find-stores.
✅ Lowe’s stores are open for normal business hours. Check your local store’s hours at lowes.com/store.
✅ Home Depot locations will be open for normal business hours. Check your local store’s hours at homedepot.com/l/storeDirectory.
✅ The Shops at Liberty Place, Fashion District Philadelphia, Philadelphia Mills, the King of Prussia Mall, and Cherry Hill Mall will be open for their regular hours on MLK Day. Note that some individual stores may have modified hours, so be sure to check before going.