Independence Day Holiday stock and bond trading schedule

As with all national holidays, Independence Day is a day off for Wall Street. Here are the details on this week’s altered trading hours. Canadians are off on July 1.

Gadsden Flag.
Gadsden Flag (early U.S.), screen grab of ad photo.

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2015 – Independence Day is always celebrated on July 4 and should be in the future, unless the Supreme Court decides to make some cockamamie ruling on whether we should even celebrate it. Until then, however, that’s the law of the land, except that if July 4 happens on a weekend, as it does this year, the day before or the day after the official holiday becomes a day off your 9-5 job.

For Wall Street, this means no trading this Friday in stocks or bonds. For your convenience, here are the details:

Friday: All U.S. equity, option and fixed income (bond) markets will be closed for the federal observation of Independence Day. Neither pre- nor after-market (after hours) trading will be held Friday as well.

For Canadians:

Wednesday: Canadians have a holiday this week as well. It’s Canada Day, celebrated this year on Wednesday, July 1. Canadian markets will be closed to both Canadian and U.S. traders that day as well. Americans trading Canadian stocks on July 1 will generally have trades routed to U.S. markets that day if they are traded on U.S. markets. Otherwise, those trades will be canceled if not executed by COB (4 p.m. EDT) July 1. Canadian markets are open on Friday. But U.S. orders placed for Canadian stocks after U.S. market close on Thursday will be routed to Canadian exchanges for trading on Monday.

Note: With two different national holidays occurring in one week, American and Canadian investors expecting to trade in either country’s securities this week should check with their individual brokerage houses for details.

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Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17