NEW JERSEY - Independence Day is on a Thursday this year and July 4 is a federal holiday, meaning all banks, government offices, the stock exchange and the United States Postal Service are closed. The Jersey Shore is of course open and hopeful for a lot of visitors for the Fourth of July. Day camps get the day off as do schools that are open for summer classes. What businesses and services are open and which ones are closed?

Wood-Ridge Memorial Library and Hasbrouck Heights Library are closed, as well as local government offices. 

Most large grocery stores and big box retailers will be open. Most malls are open for business too with July 4 sales in full swing.

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For folks hitting the road this Independence Day, airports and Amtrak are good to go as usual. New Jersey Transit though is operating on a weekend/holiday schedule for buses and trains on July 4.

Of course barbeques and picnics are the hot ticket on the Fourth of July, but for New Jerseyans looking to eat out, large restaurant chains are open for regular hours, but smaller eateries may or may not be open on July 4. If you want to head to a local eatery, bakery, coffee bar or shop on Independence Day, check the business' social media, website or call ahead to make sure it is open.