Memorial Day Grocery Store Hours 2021: When Do Publix, Walmart, Target and More Open?

Memorial Day is observed each year on the final Monday in May. As it is a federal holiday, some businesses will be shut on May 31 this year. But many retailers, including grocery stores such as Publix, Walmart and Target, will remain open.

Some stores may be running on reduced hours because of the COVID-19 pandemic, however. They may also have in place coronavirus safety measures such as face mask requirements and limitations on customer capacity.

Here are the 2021 Memorial Day opening hours for some large grocery chains. For all the companies below, contact your local store to check the exact opening hours and any COVID-19 restrictions before you visit.


Most Publix stores are open on Memorial Day, but hours vary by location. The hours of operation are typically around 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Most Walmarts are open on May 31. Daily store hours are usually from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Walmart also runs a "senior shopping hour" on Tuesday mornings, allowing customers aged 60 and older to access the store one hour before it opens to other shoppers.


Most Target branches are open on Memorial Day, but timings differ by location. Daily store hours tend to run from around 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. On Tuesdays, the first hour is just for the retailer's "most vulnerable guests," including people over 65 years old, pregnant women and those defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as vulnerable or at risk.

Whole Foods

Most Whole Foods branches are open on Memorial Day. Exact opening and closing times vary by location. Daily hours are typically from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Costco stores are closed on Memorial Day. "Warehouse hours have temporarily changed due to precautions related to coronavirus," the company website states. See the Costco site for its latest updates on COVID-19 restrictions.

The website also advises: "Please keep in mind that there may be slight variations in hours between each warehouse." Customers are urged to contact their local Costco to confirm the exact timings.

Sam's Club

Sam's Club stores are open on May 31 but on a modified schedule, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Normal daily hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., while seniors can shop from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesdays, the retailer's website advises.


Most Albertsons stores are open on Memorial Day. Stores are typically open daily from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. but the exact hours vary by location, according to the Albertsons website.

Customers at a Walmart in Florida.
Customers wearing face masks seen outside a Walmart store in Hallandale Beach, Florida, earlier in May. Many grocery chains, including Walmart, will be open on Memorial Day. Joe Raedle/Getty Images