Federal holidays can be confusing for even the most organized people. Some businesses operate on regular business hours. Other businesses are closed. Almost all retailers are open on holidays and have sales.
This year Veterans Day (Nov. 11) falls on a Friday, when the post office is normally open for business. With the holiday falling at the end of the week, many people are asking, “Is the post office open or closed on Veterans Day?”
Are Post Offices Open or Closed on Veterans Day?
Post offices are closed on Veterans Day. The Post Office closes in observance of ten federal holidays. Veterans Day, November 11th, is one of the federal holidays that the post office observes. Since Veterans Day falls on a Friday this year, the post office will be closed on Friday, November 11th. The post office will also be closed for the following holidays in 2016:
Thursday, Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving Day
Friday, Dec. 25 – Christmas Day
Although postal employees will not be working, there will be limited services available at your local post office. Customers who rent mailboxes at postal locations will be able to access their post office box as they would on a Sunday. No new mail will be delivered to the box on Veterans Day. Most post offices have automated postage machines in their lobbies where customers can calculate and purchase postage. The lobbies will be open to purchase postage from the automated postage machines and drop outgoing mail. Outgoing mail will not be picked up from mailboxes on Veterans Day.
There will be no mail delivery to residences or businesses on Veterans Day, except for Priority Mail Express. Priority Mail Express items are delivered by the post office 365 days a year (yes even on Christmas Day). Not all service areas are eligible for Priority Mail Express delivery on Sundays and holidays, but delivery is available in most major markets. If you need to ship something with delivery on November 11th, check with your post office to make sure that Sunday and holiday delivery is available at the destination.
What Days Will Mail Be Delivered?
Mail delivery service is confusing when a holiday falls in the middle of the week. This is the mail schedule for the week of Veterans Day:
Sunday, Nov. 6 – Closed
Monday, Nov. 7 – Open. Regular business hours and mail service.
Tuesday, Nov. 8 – Open. Regular business hours and mail service.
Wednesday, Nov. 9 – Closed
Thursday, Nov. 10 – Open. Regular business hours and mail service.
Friday, Nov. 11 – Open. Regular business hours and mail service.
Saturday, Nov. 12 – Regular Saturday service.
What if you need to ship something on Veterans Day and cannot wait for the post office to open on Thursday? There are a few other options to ship your package.
Is FedEx Open?
FedEx is open on Veterans Day. FedEx will provide normal delivery and pick up service on Veterans Day. If you plan to drop off at a FedEx store, check their operating hours before heading out.
Is UPS Open?
UPS is open on Veterans Day. UPS will provide normal delivery and pick up service on Veterans Day.