En español | The U.S. Postal Service observes 10 official holidays annually, including Columbus Day (observed in some states and cities as Indigenous Peoples' Day). Post offices will be closed Monday, Oct. 11, and the Postal Service will not deliver mail or packages.
Here are the Postal Service holidays for 2021:
- New Year's Day: Friday, Jan. 1
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, Jan. 18
- Presidents Day/Washington's Birthday: Monday, Feb. 15
- Memorial Day: Monday, May 31
- Independence Day: Monday, July 5 (observed, because July 4 falls on a Sunday)
- Labor Day: Monday, Sept. 6
- Columbus Day: Monday, Oct. 11
- Veterans Day: Thursday, Nov. 11
- Thanksgiving: Thursday, Nov. 25
- Christmas: Saturday, Dec. 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 USPS.com 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.
FedEx and UPS holidays
Other major delivery companies have their own schedules and operate partially or in full on some federal holidays. FedEx and UPS will largely operate as normal on Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day, with most delivery services unaffected and retail locations open.
Postal delivery is considered an essential service during the coronavirus pandemic. Post offices continue to operate on regular working days, with accommodations for physical distancing, although opening hours at some locations may be affected by employee availability. Use the U.S. Postal Service's P.O. Locator or call 800-ASK-USPS (800-275-8777) to check on your local post office. You'll find more information in the “AARP Answers” article about the postal service and the pandemic.