By Jess McHugh
Updated: January 21, 2017
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Residents throughout the U.S. have already begun preparing for the long Labor Day weekend, getting ready for beach getaways, cookouts and road trips.

Some preparations should be completed before Monday’s holiday, however, as a variety of services and stores will be closed.

Labor Day began in the late 19th century as a way to celebrate the achievements of workers in the U.S. As such, it is intended to give all working people a chance to rest.

Post offices, government services and Federal Reserve banks will all be closed Monday. As it is a federal holiday, schools and most offices will also be closed.

Big box stores, including Target, Walmart and T.J. Maxx, will all be open and have a variety of sales offers ongoing.

For travelers on the road, most fast food chains, pharmacies and convenience stores are set to remain open, including McDonald’s, Burger King, CVS, 7-Eleven and others. Many supermarkets will remain open with shortened hours, and shoppers should call ahead.

Most bars and restaurants are expected to remain open, but for privately owned establishments that is at the owners’ discretion. The hours of liquor stores will vary state by state.

Jess McHugh is a digital reporter for Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @MchughJess.