Fast Food Open on New Year's Day? McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, Krispy Kreme

New Year's Day is a federal holiday in the U.S. Many government offices are shut and some private businesses are also closed during federal holidays.

But many restaurant chains, including fast-food venues, are open on some federal holidays, including New Year's Day. In 2022, New Year's Day is on a Saturday. When a holiday lands on a Saturday in any given year, it is generally observed on the Friday before it. So New Year's Day in 2022 was observed on December 31 in 2021.

Some locations may be offering limited services due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and have safety measures in place, such as mask requirements and reduced store capacity and hours. Contact your local venue for more information before visiting.

Here we look at New Year's Day hours of operation at some fast food chains across the country.

McDonald's

Most McDonald's venues are open on New Year's Day. The typical daily hours of operation at most branches are from around 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. local time.

Wendy's

Most locations of the fast food chain are open for business on January 1. Normal daily store hours are from around 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time.

Burger King

Most Burger King locations are operating services on New Year's Day. Most branches are typically open daily from around 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time.

Krispy Kreme

Most branches of the doughnut chain are also open for business on January 1. Most venues are normally open daily from around 6 a.m. to either 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. local time.

KFC

Most locations of the fried chicken chain are also open on New Year's Day. Normal daily hours of operation are from around 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time.

Domino's Pizza

Most locations of the pizza chain are open on January 1. Normal daily hours of operation are from around 10:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. or 1 a.m. local time.

Dunkin' Donuts

Most Dunkin' Donuts venues are open on New Year's Day but the exact hours of operation vary by location. Contact your local branch for more information.

Taco Bell

Most Taco Bell stores are also open on January 1 but the hours of operation vary by branch. Some may offer 24-hour drive-thru window services. Contact your local venue for more information on exact timings.

Carl's Jr.

Most Carl's Jr. locations are operating services on New Year's Day. Most branches are typically open 24 hours daily but store hours may vary during holidays. Contact your local venue for more information on exact hours of operation.

A McDonald's in Houston, Texas in 2021.
A McDonald's storefront seen in Houston, Texas in July 2021. Many fast food chains, including most McDonald's venues, are open on New Year's Day in 2022. Brandon Bell/Getty Images