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NYSE Holidays 2014–2016 Schedules

NYSE Holidays 2014, 2015 and 2016 schedules.

The regular operating hours for the New York Stock Exchange, American Stock Exchange, and NASDAQ are Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST.

The major U.S. stock exchanges follow the same holiday schedules.

Stock Market Holidays 2014 2015 2016
New Year’s Day January 1 January 1 January 1
Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 20 January 19 January 18
Washington’s Birthday/ Presidents’ Day February 17 February 16 February 15
Good Friday April 18 April 3 March 25
Memorial Day May 26 May 25 May 30
Independence Day July 4 July 3 July 4
Labor Day September 1 September 7 September 5
Thanksgiving Day November 27 November 26 November 24
Christmas Day December 25 December 25 December 26

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Special Stock Market Holiday Rules

There are a few special rules that apply to stock market holidays:

  • While the day before Independence Day, the day after Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Eve are not official holidays, the stock markets have a tradition of closing at 1:00 p.m. EST.
  • When any stock market holiday falls on a Saturday, the market will be closed on the previous day (Friday), unless the Friday is the end of a monthly or yearly accounting period.
  • When any stock market holiday falls on a Sunday, the market will be closed the next day (Monday).
  • Some market holidays are observed on different dates each year: Martin Luther King Jr. Day is always observed on the third Monday in January; Washington’s Birthday/Presidents’ Day is always observed on the third Monday in February; and Memorial Day is always observed on the last Monday in May.

What Could Close the Stock Markets Unexpectedly?

While the stock market closes for certain holidays, it occasionally closes for other extraordinary events, such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and war.

The Internet and computerized trading has created a level playing field for investors. It has also opened the door to a whole new set of issues, as a stock market can also close as a result of computer and power failures. The stock markets also select a day of mourning and close whenever a U.S. President dies.