The U.S. Postal Service officially observes ten national holidays each year, including Presidents Day. In observance of George Washington’s birthday, the federal government designates the third Monday of February as a national holiday. This year it falls on Monday, February 15. The U.S. Postal Service will not operate and the post office will be closed on Presidents Day 2021.
The Post Office Closed on Federal Holidays
Here is a complete list of the postal service holidays when the post office will be closed for 2021.
- New Year’s Day: Friday, January 1
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 18
- Presidents Day: Monday, February 15
- Memorial Day: Monday, May 31
- Independence Day: Monday, July 5
- Labor Day: Monday, September 6
- Columbus Day: Monday, October 11
- Veterans Day: Thursday, November 11
- Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 25
- Christmas: Saturday, December 25
Online Post Office Services
The good news is that even when the brick and mortar post office locations are closed, there are alternative options. Some postal services are always available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on observed federal holidays. For example, you can create an account to order stamps and other mailing supplies. Furthermore, you can print shipping labels and request pickups for your packages. However, you will either need to wait until after the holiday or find private providers if you require additional mailing services.
Private Delivery Services on Presidents Day
Luckily, there are always other places you can turn to when you need immediate assistance with mailing services. If you need stamps, you can purchase them at any office supply store or supermarket that remain open on federal holidays. You can always call ahead to make sure they have what you need. Then you do not need to waste your time or gas money.
Should you need emergency or express mailing services, you can always use one of the private delivery companies. Since they maintain their own schedules, they may still operate on holidays when USPS does not. Just be aware that they may have different hours and specialized services during national holidays. FedEx and UPS will continue operations on Presidents Day this year. Additionally, retail locations for these delivery companies will also remain open when the post office is closed on Presidents Day 2021.
U.S. Postal Delivery Services During Covid-19
While many post offices remain open, some locations’ opening hours have been affected by employee availability. To check the hours at your local post office, you can call 800-ASK-USPS or use the Post Office Locator to view their hours of operation.
Although many services have been disrupted during the pandemic, postal delivery remains an essential service. Therefore, post offices will open during regular business days. However, they have made special accommodations to ensure everyone’s safety. In addition to requiring all employers to wear face coverings, they also ask everyone who enters to wear one as well. They also observe several social distancing measures. Hand sanitizer is available as you enter. They also mark spots with floor tape and install plastic barriers between employees to minimize risk of exposure.
For more information of everything USPS is doing to ensure your safety, visit their website for the latest coronavirus updates.
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