Whether it is interested customers shopping the Labor Day deals or families soaking up the last moments of summer before students return to school, many Americans will be driving on Labor Day and need to fill up on gas. But, are gas stations even open?
Unlike Thanksgiving or Christmas, Labor Day does not carry many closings. Gas stations are no exception, with no major chains closed for the day.
Labor Day is the first Monday of every September, this year falling on September 6, 2021, and is used to celebrate American workers.
Here’s what you need to know:
Gas Station Chains Are Open
No gas stations were closed for Labor Day, according to USA Today’s list of open stores and additional station information.
The following are among the open gas stations:
- Casey’s General Stores
- Circle K
- Cumberland Farms
- Exxon Mobil
- Love’s Travel Stops
- Phillips 66
- Pilot Flying J
- Sam’s Club
- TravelCenters of America
Still, there could be some discrepancies based on location, especially in areas affected by Hurricane Ida. Customers are encouraged to verify with their local gas station.
Gas Prices Have Risen
This is largely due to Hurricane Ida, reports the outlet, which predicted the increase of more than three cents from just a week ago. The site revealed that the natural disaster “took 13 percent of U.S. refining capability offline.”
According to AAA’s September 2, 2021 article, the following states have seen the greatest increase in gas prices:
- Indiana: +15 cents
- Ohio: +14 cents
- Kentucky: +12 cents
- Michigan: +7 cents
- North Carolina: +7 cents
- Tennessee: +7 cents
- Florida: +6 cents
- New Mexico: +6 cents
- New York: +5 cents
- Oklahoma: +4 cents
The new costs are causing some frustration, reports FOX11 in Wisconsin. One resident, Becky Schouten, told the publication, “I just hope they stop and I hope they go back down, cause it is very ridiculous.”
Schouten drives a white van for a caregiver company, telling FOX11, “It is 50 dollars, maybe every 2 or 3 weeks. So, we’re putting a lot of gas in here every month. We put at least $200 of gas a month.”
AAA is reporting high prices through the weekend.