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USPS Holidays 2020: Is the Post Office Open?

Get postal services online even when there’s no mail delivery and Post Offices are closed

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En español | The U.S. Postal Service observes 10 official holidays annually, including Thanksgiving, which falls on Nov. 26, 2020. Post Offices are closed on these holidays, and the Postal Service does not deliver mail or packages.

Here are the Post Office holidays for 2020:

  • New Year's Day: Wednesday, January 1
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 20
  • Washington's Birthday/Presidents Day: Monday, February 17
  • Memorial Day: Monday, May 25
  • Independence Day: Saturday, July 4
  • Labor Day: Monday, September 7
  • Columbus Day: Monday, October 12
  • Veterans Day: Wednesday, November 11
  • Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 26
  • Christmas: Friday, December 25

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While brick-and-mortar facilities are closed, some Post Office services are available online 24/7, including on holidays. With a account, you can order stamps, print shipping labels, order boxes and other mail supplies, and request package pickups.

Stamps are also sold at most major supermarkets, pharmacies and office supply stores, which are open on some federal holidays.

Other major delivery companies have their own schedules and operate partially or in full on some holidays. FedEx and UPS are not delivering on Thanksgiving except through their services for urgent and critical deliveries, and UPS Store and FedEx Office retail locations will be closed. Most of their services and stores will operate normally on the day after Thanksgiving. 

Postal delivery is considered an essential service during the coronavirus outbreak, and Post Offices continue to operate on regular working days, with accommodations for social distancing. You'll find more information in the “AARP Answers” article on postal service and the pandemic.

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