Ever wondered about the Post Office holidays when USPS does not deliver the mail? The US Postal Service doesn’t hold regular mail delivery service on Sundays, and on the 10 federal holidays. Note that we emphasized “regular mail” delivery there. We’ll get to that more at the bottom of this post.
The Post Office Holidays During Which USPS Does Not Deliver Mail
Below, we’ve listed all the major 10 federal holidays that USPS doesn’t deliver on:
- New Year’s Day (January 1st)
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (3rd Monday of January)
- President’s Day (3rd Monday of February)
- Memorial Day (4th Monday of May)
- Independence Day (July 4th)
- Labor Day (1st Monday of September)
- Columbus Day (2nd Monday of October)
- Veterans Day (November 11th)
- Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday of November)
- Christmas Day (December 25th)
How Does This Affect Priority Mail Express Shipments?
If you’re shipping out something using next-day Priority Mail Express service, the holidays above simply get skipped over. For example, if you ship an overnight parcel on July 3rd before Independence Day, USPS will consider July 5th the “next day” as part of the Priority Mail Express service commitment.
Speaking of Priority Mail Express service commitments: you can view the time your express package will be delivered by when you check the service commitments on USPS’ website. If USPS doesn’t get your parcel to its final destination by the time of their service commitment, you’ll be eligible to get a refund for the cost of your Priority Mail Express postage!
So…What About Sunday Delivery?
This is where things get a little bit tricky. It’s true that USPS doesn’t deliver the mail on Sundays. However, package delivery is another story. As part of the last mile delivery partner program, USPS does deliver parcels on Sundays for other carriers. For example, USPS recently began delivering parcels on Sunday for UPS. That explains why you see USPS trucks around your neighborhood seven days a week!
Here’s one last thing to keep in mind: even though USPS delivers packages on the weekends, Post Office locations are still closed over the weekend. Post Office services are only available during normal business hours, between Monday-Friday. However, most lobbies of Post Offices stay open 24/7…for the locations that have PO Boxes you can rent out, at least. That means you can check your PO Box for mail and parcels any time you like!