NEW JERSEY - New Year's Day is the first day of the year and it is considered one of the 10 federal holidays honored by the United States government. So as Garden State residents prepare to say good-bye to 2019 at midnight and hello to 2020, what is open and closed on New Year's Day?
All banks are closed on January 1 along with federal, state and municipal courts. Federal, state and local offices are closed as well. National Parks also get the day off for New Year's Day as does the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq. Garbage and recycling pickups are canceled on New Year's. Residents should also not expect deliveries from the United States Postal Service, UPS or FedEx on January 1. Libraries also shut their doors on New Year's Day.
While may large retailers such as Target, Best Buy, Hobby Lobby and Walmart will be open on New Year's Day, Costco, Sam's Club, Aldi and Trader Joe's are closed. Most grocery stores are open for business, but may have holiday hours. So it is a good idea to check before heading to the local supermarket. The same is true for gyms.
Of course, getting fit typically tops the list of popular New Year's resolutions each January 1 and most gyms do offer New Year's Day hours, but it is a good idea to check before pulling the workout clothes on.
Many New Jersey Transit buses are operating on a Sunday schedule for New Year's Day, but some lines will not have any service on January 1. Check the NJ Transit website to be certain a particular bus line is running on New Year's Day.
New Jersey Transit trains will be operating on a weekend/major holiday schedule for New Year's Day. The Newark Light Rail and River Line is on a Sunday schedule and the Hudson Bergen Light Rail is operating on a weekend schedule.
For folks heading into the city to catch a glimpse of the Rockefeller Christmas tree, New York City subways and buses are on a Sunday schedule on New Year's Day.