USPS Holidays: United States Postal Service provides various postal services to residents of the US on a daily basis. USPS is an Independent body of the Federal Government of the United States and this agency is authorized by the United States Constitution. USPS delivers mail packages or mail items to almost every house in the U.S. If you depend on USPS for your mail item or package then you should know about the days when the Post Office is closed. Post offices are closed on Sundays and few holidays (mentioned below). However, they deliver packages (mostly priority express mail and Amazon products) even on Sundays. Read the information shared below to know the exact date when the post offices are closed apart from Sundays.
US Postal Service Holidays 2017
As mentioned above, that Post Offices are not open for a whole week, they are closed on Sundays and some other Federal Holidays (list of which is provided below). If as an individual or business, you rely on USPS standard mail delivery then it’s necessary to check out the days when USPS won’t deliver. If you don’t know when Federal Holidays are, then check the table shared below.
US Federal Holiday table is shared below which shows all the ten U.S Federal Holidays. Also, note that if a holiday falls on a weekend then it is usually observed on the closest weekday. For an instance, if a holiday is falling on a Saturday then it will be observed on the preceding Friday, and if a holiday is falling on a Sunday then it will be observed on the succeeding Monday. As you can see below, that New Year holiday is falling on Sunday but as per the Federal Rules, it will be observed on the succeeding Monday.
|Date||Federal holiday||Day of the week|
|January 2, 2017||New Year’s Day||Monday|
|January 16, 2017||Martin Luther King Day||Monday|
|February 20, 2017||Washington’s Birthday||Monday|
|May 29, 2017||Memorial Day||Monday|
|July 4, 2017||Independence Day||Tuesday|
|September 4, 2017||Labor Day||Monday|
|October 9, 2017||Columbus Day||Monday|
|November 10, 2017||Veterans Day (observed)||Friday|
|November 23, 2017||Thanksgiving Day||Thursday|
|DeceNmber 25, 2017||Christmas Day||Monday|
US government has recognized federal holidays mentioned above. All the non-essential federal government offices are closed on US Federal Holiday including US Post Offices. However, every federal employee is paid for the holiday.
There are few holidays which are observed on the same date each year such as New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day, and Christmas Day. As mentioned above that if a holiday falls on a Saturday then a federal employee who works from Monday to Friday will observe that holiday on a preceding Friday. While if an employee is working on Saturday, then Friday will be a regular work day and the holiday will be observed on Saturday only. Holidays that fall on a Sunday are observed by federal workers the following Monday. The other holidays always fall on a particular day of the week.
Let’s understand each Federal Holiday one by one in detail and find out the reason why people celebrate these days all over the country.
New Year’s Day: New Year is celebrated on 1st January every year around the world. People celebrate the new year’s eve often with fireworks and party. New year holiday is observed on 1st January and all the Federal Offices including Post Offices are closed on this day. This year, the new year is falling on Sunday which means the holiday will be observed on Monday as per Federal Rules. New Year’s Day is probably the most celebrated public holiday in the world.
Martin Luther King Day: The US celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King’s birthday, January 15. Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday in the United States each year. This year, this holiday is observing on Monday, January 16th. Martin Luther King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. There are also parades in some cities and municipalities of the United States.
Washington’s Birthday: The Third Federal holiday of the year i.e. Washington’s Birthday is observed on the third Monday of February in honor of the first President of the United States. George Washington was born on February 22, 1732, he was the first President of the United States. Washington’s Birthday was first declared a federal holiday by an 1879 act of Congress. President Lincoln’s birthday falls on February 12 and combined all the facts, many people now also refer it as “Presidents’ Day” and consider it a day honoring all American presidents. This year, the holiday is observing on Monday, February 20th.
Memorial Day: The Fourth Federal holiday of the year i.e. Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday every year in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. This year, the holiday is observing on Monday, May 29th. People honor all those military officials who died in military service. Do not confuse Memorial Day with the Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of honor all the men and women who lost their lives while serving for the country, while Veterans Day is a day which celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. All the federal offices are closed on this day as well including post offices.
Independence Day: The fifth Federal holiday of the year i.e. Independence Day is celebrated on July 4th every year across the country. This day marks the freedom of United States from the British Empire. This day is celebrated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies across the country. The Declaration of Independence was signed on this day. Independence Day also refers to as the National Day of the United States. So, all the post offices are closed on this day and no standard mail items will be delivered. This holiday is fixed and celebrated on July 4th only across the United States.
Labor Day: The sixth Federal holiday of the year i.e. Labor Day is observed on the first Monday of the year every year. This is a floating holiday i.e. no fixed date. The workers have made a huge contribution to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country and this day is celebrated to honor the American labor movement. It is also referred to as the unofficial end of summer in the United States. The holiday is also a federal holiday so all the post offices will be closed on the first Monday of the September.
Columbus Day: The Seventh Federal holiday of the year i.e. Columbus Day is observed on the second Monday of October. This day is celebrated as the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas. This year, the holiday is observing on Monday, October 9, and all the post offices will be closed. The landing of the Christopher Columbus is celebrated as “Columbus Day” in the U.S. Standard mail will not be delivered on this day.
Veterans Day: The Eighth Federal holiday of the year i.e. Veterans Day is observed November 11, every year across the country. This is a fixed holiday and celebrated on November 11th Only each year. This day is celebrated to honors military veterans i.e. persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. As you can see above that this year Veterans Day is falling on Saturday and as per Federal Rules it will be observed on the preceding Friday i.e November 10th. All the USPS mail services will be closed on this holiday as well.
Thanksgiving Day: The Ninth Federal holiday of the year i.e. Thanksgiving Day is observed on fourth November, every year across the country. This is a floating holiday and can float between 22nd to 28th November, depending on the year. On this day, parades are held at various places across the country. Friends and family members meet each other for a special meal together. People give thanks for everything they have. All the US Postal Services are closed on this holiday. Traditionally celebrates the giving of thanks for the autumn harvest.
Christmas Day: The most celebrated Federal holiday of the year i.e. Christmas Day is observed on December 25th every year. This day is celebrated as the birth of Jesus Christ and all the Post offices are closed on this day. Christmas is a religious and cultural celebration for billion of people across the world. Christmas is celebrated not only in the United States but across the world. This year, the Christmas will be observed on Monday, December 25th. All the postal services will be closed on this day.
USPS Holiday Calendar 2017
Download a calendar from below which specifies the days on which the post offices will be closed. The red marked dates are the Post Office Holidays in the year 2017.
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