Are Banks Open on Thanksgiving Day 2019?

Thanksgiving Day is a federal holiday. It is observed across the U.S. on the 4th Thursday of every November.

Thanksgiving is a day dedicated to giving thanks for the harvest and has been observed in the U.S. since 1789. As millions travel to their family gatherings to mark the national occasion, many office buildings across the country will be closed for Thanksgiving, including banks.

Banks, including The Federal Reserve, will be closed on Thursday, November 28. However, online banking options at the bank websites as well as ATM machines are available for use, while some customer service lines may also be open, according to GO Banking Rates.

The bank offices that will be closed on Thanksgiving (as confirmed by GO Banking Rates) include: American National Bank, Ameris Bank, Bank of America, Bank of the West, BBVA Bank, BB&T, BMO Harris, Capital One, Chase Bank, Chemical Bank, Citibank, Citizens Bank, Comerica, Commerce Bank, Eastern Bank, Fifth Third Bank, FirstBank, First Citizens Bank, Frost Bank, Great Western Bank. Huntington State Bank, HSBC, KeyBank, M&T Bank, PNC Bank, Regions Bank, Santander Bank, Signature Bank, Silicon Valley Bank, SunTrust Bank, Synovus Bank, U.S. Bank, Union Bank, United Bank, Wells Fargo and Zions Bank.

For any banks not listed here, contact your local bank branch directly to confirm all hours of operation during Thanksgiving. To avoid any banking issues, customers are advised to complete their banking activities before Thanksgiving Day.

All banks will resume regular office hours on Friday, November 29, coinciding with the Black Friday shopping extravaganza.

Thanksgiving has religious origins tracing back to English traditions during the Protestant Reformation period when special days of thanksgiving and religious thanksgiving services were observed.

While it is most closely associated with the U.S., Thanksgiving is also celebrated in either October or November in other countries including Canada, Liberia, the Netherlands, the Caribbean islands of Grenada and St. Lucia as well as the Australian territory of Norfolk Island.

Some countries also celebrate holidays (both officially and unofficially) that are similar to Thanksgiving, such as Erntedankfest in Germany, which is a Christian festival during which churches are decorated with autumnal crops at the altar and religious processions take place in towns and villages.

On the other side of the world, Thai Pongul is a multi-day Hindu harvest festival, celebrated mostly in India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia, giving thanks to the Sun God for a bountiful harvest.

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A customer uses an ATM outside of a Chase bank office in Oakland, California. Getty Images