Is the post office open on Thanksgiving Day?
No, the post office isn’t open on Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated on the same day each year since it falls on the fourth Thursday of November. This year it’s being celebrated on November 27, 2014, and it’s considered an official United States government federal holiday. Since the USPS is a part of the federal government, the USPS (and all its local branches) close on Thanksgiving Day to observe the federal holiday. This means there isn’t regular home and business delivery mail service, so you won’t be getting your mail delivered.
While postal employees will have the day off, there still may be an opportunity to utilize basic postal services. Although local postal branches are closed for regular postal services, many will allow you to take advantage of self-service machines they may have. Thanksgiving (and other federal holidays) are treated much like a typical Sunday when the post office is closed, and they may have a number of self serve options available to you. All post offices will have box and letter drops where you can leave your mail to send. Larger post offices may have automatic package weighing machines which will allow you to weigh and buy postage for a package or letter. If your local post office has PO Boxes, these will usually remain accessible if they are typically available to use on Sundays.
The self-services available at post offices will vary from post office to post office, so it’s impossible to give an accurate list of exactly what will be available at your local post office. The best course of action is to contact your local post office and ask what self-services will be available if you have any doubts.
Is the post office open on the day after Thanksgiving?
Yes, the post office is open on the day after Thanksgiving. The day after Thanksgiving (Friday, November 28 in 2014) is considered a regular weekday by the post office and the USPS and local post offices will be open for their typical Friday hours. Home and business mail will be delivered.
Is the post office open on Thanksgiving weekend Saturday?
The post office may or may not be open on the Thanksgiving weekend Saturday. The first Saturday after Thanksgiving (Saturday, November 29 in 2014) is a regular workday for the USPS. Local post offices which are usually open on Saturday will be open on the 29th. In some areas, especially in places with small post offices, local post offices close on Saturday, but many large post office branches remain open although they may have shorter hours than they do during the week. Mail to home and office will be delivered.
Is the post office open on Thanksgiving weekend Sunday?
No, the post office isn’t open on Thanksgiving weekend Sunday. The Sunday after Thanksgiving (Sunday, November 30 in 2014) is a typical Sunday for the USPS. As such, local post offices will be closed and there won’t be regular mail delivery to homes and businesses.
While we are almost at the end of 2014, there is one additional federal holiday when post office will be closed in 2014, and that is Christmas Day, which is Thursday, December 25.
Since the USPS will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, you may wonder if other mail delivery companies like UPS and Federal Express will be operating.
Is UPS Open on Thanksgiving Day?
No, the United Parcel Service isn’t open on Thanksgiving Day, but UPS holiday and UPS Express Critical will be available. The company will resume regular mail delivery service the day after Thanksgiving.
Is Fed Ex Open on Thanksgiving Day?
No, Federal Express isn’t open on Thanksgivings Day. The company will resume making mail and package deliveries the day after Thanksgiving.
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