Is the Post Office Open on Memorial Day?
No, the post office isn’t open on Memorial Day. While the United States Postal Service (USPS) usually offers Monday service, they are a government agency. As a result, since Memorial Day is a federal holiday, they recognize it with a closure, giving postal workers a day off.
On Monday, May 25, 2020, mail delivery will not run. You won’t receive any letters, bills, flyers, or packages through USPS on the holiday.
Additionally, you won’t be able to handle any activities that require assistance from a post office employee. For example, if you check your post office box and have a package slip, you won’t be able to get assistance to retrieve the parcel. Similarly, if you need to mail a box and require help to get the proper postage, you won’t be able to do that on Memorial Day.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t accomplish anything at your local post office. If the building has an unsecured section, you may be able to check your post office box for mail, if you have one. Similarly, if there are self-service postage kiosks and mail drop boxes, you can purchase sufficient postage and drop off items. While they won’t be officially processed until Tuesday, May 26, they will be there when the employees return from the holiday.
Will the Post Office Open on Memorial Day Weekend?
If you need to get an item mailed or have other tasks to handle that require help from a post office employee, you may be wondering if you can take care of it during Memorial Day weekend. Depending on where you live, there is a chance you can.
Your local post office might be open on Saturday, May 23. If your location typically offers Saturday hours, then it will follow its usual Saturday schedule. But, if your post office closes on Saturday, then it won’t be open on May 23.
Post offices don’t generally open on Sundays, regardless of whether there is a Monday holiday. Sunday, May 24, 2020, will be no different.
It’s important to note that mail service will run on Saturday. You’ll still get your deliveries, even though it’s Memorial Day weekend, and your outgoing mail will still be picked up. Similarly, if your post office supports Sunday service (which is mainly for Amazon package deliveries), that will continue on Memorial Day weekend.
2020 Post Office Holidays
The post office usually follows the federal holiday schedule when it comes to closures. However, in 2020, there is one exception. Here’s a look at the official post office holidays for 2020:
- New Year’s Day – Wednesday, January 1
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Monday, January 20
- President’s Day (Washington’s Birthday) – Monday, February 17
- Memorial Day – Monday, May 25
- Independence Day – Saturday, July 3
- Labor Day – Monday, September 7
- Columbus Day – Monday, October 12
- Veterans Day – Wednesday, November 11
- Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 26
- Christmas Day – Friday, December 25
In 2020, the post office holiday that differs from the federal one is July 4. This year, Independence Day falls on a Saturday, making that the legal holiday. However, since most government offices are closed on the weekend, the federal government is going to observe the holiday with closures on July 3, the Friday before.
But that adjustment doesn’t apply to the post office, mainly because the mail runs on Saturdays. As a result, post offices will be available on July 3, even though other government agencies won’t be open.
Are FedEx or UPS Open on Memorial Day?
USPS isn’t the only option for getting items shipped. As a result, you may be wondering, “Are FedEx or UPS open on Memorial Day?”
While these two shipping giants follow their own holiday schedules (and aren’t required to close on federal holidays), both UPS and FedEx will close on Memorial Day. The only exceptions are the FedEx Custom Critical and UPS Express Critical services. Those options operate every day of the year, including holidays.
Post Office Normal Business Hours
While not every post office follows the exact same schedule, most are very similar. Typically, a USPS location opens between 8:00 am and 8:30 am, Monday through Friday. Then, the post offices usually close between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
There are a few locations that deviate from that norm. For instance, certain Miami post offices open at 7:30 am and stay open until 9:00 pm or later, Monday through Friday.
When it comes to Saturday schedules, the differences can be quite dramatic. Many locations don’t open at all on Saturdays. Those that do welcome customers usually have reduced hours, in comparison to their Monday through Friday schedule.
In most cases, if you want to find out if your post office will be open, it’s best to check its schedule specifically. You can either contact the location or use the USPS website to find out when the services you need will be available.
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