Is the Post Office Open on Labor Day 2019?
While Labor Day falls on a Monday, a day that the post office is usually open, the post office is closed due to the holiday. Postal employees are federal workers, so they do get the day off.
You will not be able to get assistance from a post office employee on Labor Day. Additionally, mail delivery services do not run on the holiday.
However, if your local post office has an unsecured section. You may be able to complete certain activities on Labor Day. For example, post office boxes can be checked, and you can use self-service kiosks to get postage. If your outgoing mail fits into a mail slot, you can drop off your items, though they won’t be sorted until the next business day, which is Tuesday, September 3.
Additionally, if you check your post office box and there is a slip saying you have a package, you won’t be able to retrieve that until Tuesday, September 3. Those slips mean you need assistance from a post office employee, and none will be available on Labor Day.
If you need to get something mailed before Labor Day, your best bet is to visit your post office on Friday, August 30, as all locations should be open. If your city’s post office has Saturday hours, then you may be able to get assistance on August 31. Just keep in mind that not all locations have employees available on Saturdays, so you’ll need to check with yours in advance if you need to ship a package or mail a letter and require help from customer service.
Are FedEx or UPS Open on Labor Day?
If you were hoping to ship an item on Labor Day, you may wonder if you could use FedEx or UPS since the post office closes for the holiday. Regretfully, both FedEx and UPS are primarily closed on Labor Day.
For FedEx, the only exceptions tend to be FedEx Office storefronts, which may be open using a modified holiday schedule, and FedEx Custom Critical services. However, FedEx does not handle any other deliveries or incoming shipments on Labor Day.
Similarly, UPS does not offer nearly any pick-up or delivery services on Labor Day. UPS Express Critical is the main exception, as that service operates every day of the year, including holidays and weekends. Some The UPS Store locations might open on Labor Day, though those that do may be working on a reduced schedule.
2019 Post Office Holiday Schedule
Since the post office is operated by the government, USPS follows the federal holiday schedule to determine when they are open. Here is an overview of the 2019 USPS holiday schedule:
- New Year’s Day – the post office is closed on Tuesday, January 1
- Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday – the post office is closed on Monday, January 21
- Washington’s Birthday / President’s Day – the post office is closed on Monday, February 18
- Memorial Day – the post office is closed on Monday, May 27
- Independence Day – the post office is closed on Thursday, July 4
- Labor Day – the post office is closed on Monday, September 2
- Columbus Day – the post office is closed on Monday, October 14
- Veterans Day – the post office is closed on Monday, November 11
- Thanksgiving Day – the post office is closed on Thursday, November 28
- Christmas Day – the post office is closed on Wednesday, December 25
Technically, the post office is closed on other holidays that aren’t listed on the formal schedule. Since the post office closes on Sundays, it isn’t open on Easter, Mother’s Day, or Father’s Day, just to name a few examples.
Post Office Normal Business Hours
Not every post office follows the exact same operating schedule. Most USPS locations open between 8:00 am and 8:30 am and then close at some point between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. However, there are locations that open earlier than 8:00 am or close later than 6:00 pm. For example, some post offices in Miami open at 7:30 am, Monday through Friday, and remain open until 9:00 pm or later on weekdays.
Additionally, not all post offices open on Saturdays. For those that do, the hours are often reduced in comparison to the Monday through Friday schedules.
If you need to confirm when your local post office is open, it is typically best to contact that location directly or check its listing on the USPS website.
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