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USPS Holidays 2021: Is the Post Office Open on Independence Day?

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 Independence Day. Because July 4 falls on a Sunday this year, the agency is observing the holiday on Monday, July 5. Post offices will be closed that day, 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 Birthdays y: 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 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 holidays:

  • FedEx will not operate July 4 except through its service for urgent and critical deliveries. Some services, including Ground and Home Delivery, return July 5. FedEx Office retail locations may close July 4 or operate with modified hours July 5; check with your local store.
  • UPS will not have make pickups or deliveries July 4 and 5 except through its Express Critical service. UPS Stores are closed July 4 and open July 5.

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.

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