Labor Day 2019: Which Restaurants Are Open? Chick-fil-A, Dairy Queen and More

Schools and most businesses in the United States will close for Labor Day on September 2—a public holiday which honors workers in America. This Labor Day has extra significance given that it is the 125th anniversary of the holiday.

The first version of the holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City. Its creation, in large part, was thanks to the efforts of the Central Labor Union which wanted to create a holiday for workers, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The idea behind the holiday was to give the public a chance to appreciate the achievements of American workers and U.S. trade organizations.

By 1894, 23 more states had decided to adopt the celebration and in June of that year, President Grover Cleveland signed a law declaring that the first Monday of September every year will be a national holiday.

If you're searching for a place to eat while you spend Labor Day with friends and family here's a handy list of some of America's most popular restaurants that will be open on Monday.

It's worth bearing in mind, however, that some franchise locations may decide to stay closed, so remember to check the opening hours for your local branch.

Applebees: The majority of Applebees restaurants will be open on Labor Day although some stores may have reduced hours. Normal opening hours are: Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m; Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight.

Arby's: Most Arby's sandwich restaurants will be open normal hours on Labor Day. Normal opening hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Burger King: Burger King usually stays open on public holidays, such as Labor Day.

Chick-fil-A: All Chick-fil-A stores are open from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Labor Day, although some branches will open earlier or later.

Chili's Grill & Bar: Most Chili's restaurants will be open on Monday. Normal opening hours at Chili's Grill & Bar are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday-Thursday, and 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays and Sundays.

Dairy Queen: Dairy Queen stores are typically open on public holidays, although business hours will vary, so check with your local branch.

Domino's Pizza: Most Domino's locations will be serving food regular hours on Labor Day.

Dunkin' Donuts: The coffee-shop chain is open on Labor Day for regular business hours, although these vary by location. Typically, stores are open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on weekends. Several stores are open 24 hours a day.

Jack in the Box: Jack in the Box stores tend to be open 24 hours a day and will be serving on Monday.

KFC: KFC restaurants tend to be open between 10:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. although these times do vary. The popular fried chicken shop will be keeping its stores open on Monday.

McDonald's: The world's largest restaurant chain has more than 14,000 outlets across the country. These are typically open on public holidays, including Labor Day.

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Olive Garden: Olive Garden restaurants are open on Labor Day. They tend to be open between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Panera Bread: Most Panera bread stores should be open for normal business hours on Monday. These are typically 5.30 a.m. or 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m, Monday-Sunday.

Pizza Hut: Pizza Hut restaurants will be operating as normal on Labor Day.

Red Lobster: This chain of seafood restaurants is generally open for business on public holidays. Typical hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Sonic Drive-in: Most Sonic Drive-in restaurants will be open on Monday.

Starbucks: Starbucks stores will be serving coffee as normal on Labor Day, but some locations may adjust their hours.

Subway: Subway has nearly 25,000 stores in the United States alone, most of which will be open on Labor Day.

Taco Bell: Check your local franchise, but most should be open on Monday.

Wendy's: This popular restaurant will be open and most stores will be observing holiday hours, opening at 10 a.m. in the morning and closing at 1 a.m. in the morning.