U.S Postal Service also known as USPS is a huge agency. It has lots of customers who use it’s services. Those who want to send or receive mail or package use it’s products and services. If you are also a customer of United States Postal Service then you can use all it’s services. Sometimes you need to visit the local post office for any work. You should know the USPS hours of working through which you can save your time and can reach the post office on time. Most of the post offices are closed early on Saturdays and all post offices are closed on Sundays. You can find the USPS hours or delivery information on Saturdays and Sundays in my article on USPS Saturday & Sunday Hours.
In this article we are going to talk about USPS Holidays because there are some more days except Sundays when the post offices and non-essential government offices are closed. There are so many public holidays for us but still USPS works during those public holidays. Most people are confused about the U.S Postal Holidays so I decided to write an article on USPS holiday. Below is the list of all the federal holidays when the United States Postal Service won’t work or won’t deliver any package. Let’s have a look on the USPS federal holidays :-
Post Office Holidays 2017 :-
Monday, January 2 – New Year’s Day *
Monday, January 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. birthday
Monday, February 20 – Washington’s birthday
Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day
Tuesday, July 4 – Independence Day
Monday, September 4 – Labor Day
Monday, October 9 – Columbus Day
Friday, November 10 – Veterans’ Day *
Thursday, November 23 – Thanksgiving Day
Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day
These are the U.S Post office Holidays. For making your understanding better, the holidays are given below in a table format.
There are ten federal holidays recognized by U.S Government. On these above days all non-essential government offices and post offices as well are closed. There is rule that if any federal holiday falls on Saturday then it will be observed on Preceding Friday and if the holiday falls on Sunday then it will be observed on following Monday. There are two postal holidays of this type in 2017, first is on 2nd January (New Year Day *) and second is on 10th November (Veterans’ Day *). This year (in 2017) New Year Day is on Sunday so the federal holiday will be observed on Monday, 2nd January and the Veterans’ Day is on Saturday, November 11 so it will be observed on Friday, November 10.
Below is the list of all the federal holidays and the reason why these events are celebrated or why these are considered as holiday.
Monday, January 2 – New Year’s Day :- All are familiar with New Year’s Day. This day is the most celebrated day across the world. January 1 is considered as the first day of the year according to modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar. In 2017, this day is on Sunday and on Sundays there is public holiday itself that’s why Monday, January 2 will be considered as a federal holiday. People celebrates this day with fireworks and new year resolutions. Almost every country follows this modern Gregorian calendar.
Monday, January 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. birthday :- Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. He was an American Baptist minister and activist and a leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. This day is observed on the third Monday of January each year. This holiday is similar to other holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. This year third Monday of January is on January 16. So the federal holiday will be on Monday, January 16. It is the 2nd federal holiday in 2017 in the list of U.S postal service holidays.
Monday, February 20 – Washington’s birthday :- This day is considered as federal holiday in honor of the first president of United States, George Washington. George Washington was born on February 22, 1732. This day is celebrated on the third Monday of February each year. This year it will be observed on Monday, February 20. This day is also known as President’s Day, to remember all the presidents of United States not just George Washington.
Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day :- This day is observed on the last Monday of May each year. It is celebrated for remembering the people who died in the country’s armed forces while serving. Last year (in 2016) it was observed on May 30.
Tuesday, July 4 – Independence Day :- In 1776, United States became a new nation and it was no longer a part of British Empire, that’s why this day is so special for every person living in United States or for all Americans. This day is celebrated as an Independence Day. All the government agencies or companies and almost all private sectors will be closed on July 4.
Monday, September 4 – Labor Day :- Labor Day is celebrated on first Monday of September each year. It is celebrated in honor of American labor movement and worker’s contribution to the laws, strength, well-being and prosperity of the country. This year, it will be observed on Monday, September 4.
Monday, October 9 – Columbus Day :- People celebrates this day as the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492. In United States, the landing is celebrated as Columbus Day. It is observed on second Monday in October. This year it will fall on Monday, October 9.
Friday, November 10 – Veterans’ Day * :- It falls on November 11 but this year the holiday will be observed on Friday, November 10 because as I mentioned above that the Veterans’ Day is on Saturday so the federal holiday will be on Friday, November 10. It honors the military veterans, who served in the United States Armed Forces. It was firstly known as Armistice Day which was renamed Veterans Day in 1954. So many people are confused between Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day so let me clear that Veterans’ Day is celebrated to honor the military veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces and Memorial Day is celebrated for remembering the people who died in the country’s armed forces while serving. So there is difference between these two days.
Thursday, November 23 – Thanksgiving Day :- It is a national holiday in United States and Canada. In both the countries it is celebrated on different days, in Canada it is celebrated on the second Monday of October and in United States it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. This year in 2017, it will be observed on Thursday, November 23 (in U.S). It is a special day for friends and family to get together for a special meal. In many places, Thanksgiving parades are held. People give thanks for what they have. Many people asked me about USPS holiday hours on Thanksgiving Day, so let me tell them that it is considered as a federal holiday and all the post offices are closed on this day.
Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day :- Christmas is among the most celebrated day or festival by billions of people around the world. It is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. Billions of people around the world celebrates this festival with lots of joy. It is observed on December 25. So all the post offices will be closed on this day.
This was the USPS holiday schedule. All non-essential government offices and post offices will be closed on these days. You can also see these holidays in a calendar view below.