CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 15: Customers shop at a Walmart store on August 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Walmart, the world's largest retailer, reported a surprise decline in second-quarter same-store sales today. The retailer also cut its revenue and profit forecasts for the fiscal year. (Photo : Scott Olson/Getty Images)
January 1, 2016 is New Year's Day, the only day - other than Christmas - when the entire country seems to have time off.
Given that Jan. 1 landed on Friday this year, employers may have been lenient in granting workers a three-day weekend, meaning just about everyone can get a head start on those New Year's resolutions they promise to finally get around to. The problem is, most government buildings and financial institutions are closed.
Banks aren't open, post offices won't be delivering mail, and the department of motor vehicles - which seems to be open less and less these days - will shut its doors, along with other government-funded services.
Most retailers, restaurants, and grocers, however, will be open for business. Here's a look at some notable retailers that will either be open or closed on Friday, along with their hours of operation.
Target: Open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (varies by location)
Macy's: Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (varies by location)
JCPenney: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Bed, Bath, and Beyond: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Best Buy: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Kmart: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Kohl's: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Toys R' Us: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sears: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Walmart: Normal store hours
Supermarkets and wholesale clubs
Trader Joe's: Closed
Sam's Club: Closed
Whole Foods: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Albertsons: Normal store hours
Safeway: Normal store hours
Ralphs: open at 7 a.m.
Applebee's: 11 a.m. to midnight.
Dave and Buster's: 11 a.m. to midnight (hours vary by location)
Denny's: Open 24 hours or normal business hours
Starbucks: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. (varies by location)
Pizza Hut: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
McDonald's: 5 a.m. to midnight (hours vary by location)
Olive Garden: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
KFC: 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
TGIF: 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.