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Happy New Year and goodbye 2021!

New Year’s Day, which is a federal holiday, falls on a Saturday this year, so many entities will observe the holiday on Friday, December 31.

Here’s an overview of what’s open and what’s closed for the holidays.

Local, state and federal offices

Most municipal, county, state and federal offices, as well as service centers, courts and other government functions, will be closed on Friday, December 31 and will resume normal operations on Monday, January 3, 2022.

That being said, 911 and emergency services are never affected by holidays.

Banks

You won’t find many banks open in Minnesota on Saturday, including those in grocery stores. This includes Bremer Bank, US Bank and Wells Fargo, all of which are closed on Saturdays.

However, they will be open on Friday.

Post office

US post offices will be open on Friday, December 31. But since Saturday is a federal holiday, post offices will be closed and there will be no deliveries that day.

UPS and FedEx will also not be making Saturday deliveries, although their critical (i.e. expensive) services are still available. Both companies will offer modified service on December 31 and January 2, 2022, with normal service resuming on Monday, January 3, 2022.

Malls, stores

New Year’s Day is a big day for shopping, so most malls, supermarkets, and chain stores in Minnesota will be open Friday and Saturday, though their hours may vary for the holidays.

Check your local store for hours.

Restaurants, cinemas

Most restaurants and cinemas are open on New Year’s Day and New Year’s Day. (Some places have canceled celebrations for omicron reasons, though.) Check your local spots for their hours of operation to be sure.

liquor stores

Unlike some other holidays, liquor stores in Minnesota are legally permitted to be open evenings and New Years Day, so it is up to the individual liquor store whether they will be open or closed. Total Wine, for example, is open Friday and Saturday. Check your local store for hours.

Car park

City of Minneapolis-owned metered parking will be enforced Dec. 31 but will not be enforced on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022. St. Paul will follow a similar schedule, with no enforcement on New Years Day. Note that private parking meters – such as those operated by the parks department, private organizations or educational institutions – may follow a different schedule.

Libraries

It depends. Hennepin County Library locations will be open Dec. 31, but closed Jan. 1. Some systems, including St. Paul and Duluth, will be closed Friday and Saturday. So check your local library to be safe.

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