Do USPS, UPS, and FedEx Deliver on Christmas Eve?

Out of the several package delivery companies, the USPS, UPS, and FedEx are the best and the biggest package delivery companies in the world. These organisations work 24*7 to deliver the packages sent by the customers. Though the staff of these companies functions all the time for the benefit of their customers incessantly, don’t you think they deserve an off too? There are some days when the postal companies and the post offices do not work. On those days of the year, they do not deliver the mail items and packages.

Since the customers want to know, does mail run on Christmas Eve? Or if these package delivery companies- USPS, UPS, and FedEx deliver the packages and mail items on a special day like Christmas or not, so here we will give you the answer to this question. Let’s start with the United States Postal Service:

Does USPS Deliver on Christmas Eve?

Christmas is one of the most celebrated festivals across the world. The significance of the Christmas out of all the festivals is very high. This is why Christmas is a federal holiday. On the federal holiday 2017, all the post offices and all the federal offices remain closed. Not only these, many government offices, public service organisations, credit unions, schools, libraries, and banks are also closed on the Christmas holiday.

For your reference, here is the list of the federal holidays. The below list will give you a better picture as this is also the list of holidays that USPS observes in this year.

Sr. No.DateWeek DayHoliday
1.January – 2MondayNew Year’s Day *
2.January – 16MondayMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday
3.February – 20MondayWashington’s Birthday
4.May – 29MondayMemorial Day
5.July – 4TuesdayIndependence Day
6.September – 4MondayLabor Day
7.October – 9MondayColumbus Day
8.November – 10FridayVeterans’ Day *
9.November – 23 ThursdayThanksgiving Day
10.December – 25MondayChristmas Day

Now coming back to the question, “Is mail delivered on Christmas Eve by USPS”, so the answer is No, the USPS does not do the delivery on the Christmas. Christmas is a holiday, and all the post offices remain closed on this day. To detail you more on this, let us also tell you that unless you have used the services of the Priority Mail Express, which runs 365 days a year, the delivery of other mail classes like standard packages does not happen on Christmas. The USPS does not deliver any mails on that day other than the Priority Mail Express. So, if you have booked your package through standard mail, you cannot expect your package to reach its destination on Christmas.

Talking about Christmas Eve Schedule at the Local Post Office Hours and the USPS collection boxes as well, below are the pointers for your information:

  • The Post Office locations in the entire nation will remain closed on the Christmas Eve which is on December 24th.
  • Also, all the Post Office locations will post their Christmas hours. It is advised to the business customers to get in touch with the Bulk Mail Entry Unit for making themselves aware of the hours of operation.
  • Talking about Christmas Eve Schedule at the USPS Collection Boxes, the service of the blue collection boxes will not be there on the eve of the Christmas which falls on December 24th. On December 23rd, the regular collections will be there.

Coming to the Christmas Day Schedule which falls on 25th December, please go through the information mentioned below:

  • All the Post Office locations in the entire nation will remain closed on the day of Christmas which is on December 25.
  • The service class of the USPS Priority Mail Express will continue their operations, and all the deliveries will be made on the eve of the Christmas (24th Dec) and on the day of the Christmas (25th Dec) as well.
  • USPS will not deliver any regular mails on December 25, which is the day of Christmas.
  • The next day of the Christmas that is on December 26th, all the Post Office locations will resume their work of the regular mails.

Let us also answer, does USPS deliver on Christmas, by briefing the Christmas holiday shipping deadlines. These are the suggested send-by dates for expecting the delivery by December 25th

The Christmas holiday shipping dates in the case of Contiguous US (Except Alaska and Hawaii) are:

  • For the First-Class Mail Service, the recommended date is Dec 19th
  • For the Priority Mail Service, the recommended date is Dec 20th
  • For the Priority Mail Express Service, the recommended date is Dec 22nd
  • For the USPS Retail Ground, the recommended date is Dec 14th

The Christmas holiday shipping dates in the case of Alaska are:

  • For the First-Class Mail Service, the recommended date is Dec 20th
  • For the Priority Mail Service, the recommended date is Dec 20th
  • For the Priority Mail Express Service, the recommended date is Dec 21st

The Christmas holiday shipping dates in the case of Hawaii are:

  • For the First-Class Mail Service, the recommended date is Dec 15th
  • For the Priority Mail Service, the recommended date is Dec 15th
  • For the Priority Mail Express Service, the recommended date is Dec 20th

This was the answer to your question, does mail come on Christmas Eve by USPS? Hope you have got your answer now.

Is the Post Office Open on Christmas Eve?

USPS customers also want to know about the post offices that are post offices open on Christmas Eve or not. So, we want to say that all the post offices nationwide will be closed on Sunday, Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. Also, Blue collection boxes will not be serviced on that day. USPS staff workers will post the Christmas Hours at each post office. So, if you want to visit the post office for any order, then mind the hours and day.

Does UPS Deliver on Christmas Eve?

United Parcel Service is another prevalent and trustworthy package delivery company just like USPS. UPS also has many customers who use UPS efficient services to mail their items and packages all across the world. The customers of UPS also wish to know if the UPS delivery happens on the Christmas Day. So, to answer those customers, UPS does not deliver on the Christmas. This package delivery company also just like the USPS, does not deliver the standard packages on the Christmas day. Though UPS has the facility of UPS Express Critical service which is specially crafted for the scenario when you have an urgent shipment to send. UPS Express Critical service is available to round the clock on all the 365 days of the year. You can contact the number 1-800-714-8779 or go to the site of upsexpresscritical.com to know more about it.

Now, you have got your answer to the question, “Is UPS delivering on Christmas Eve?” The below list of UPS holidays 2017 including the Christmas will help you to understand the other holidays observed by UPS. This list is slightly different from the list of the federal holidays or the USPS list of holidays.

Sr. No.DateWeek DayHoliday
1.January – 1SundayNew Year’s Day
2.January – 2MondayNew Year’s Day (Observed)
3.May – 29MondayMemorial Day
4.July – 4TuesdayIndependence Day
5.September – 4MondayLabor Day
6.November – 23ThursdayThanksgiving Day
7.December – 24SundayChristmas Eve
8.December – 25MondayChristmas
9.December – 31SundayNew Year's Eve

Coming to the UPS schedule on the Christmas including the answer to an important question that, does UPS run on Christmas Eve? Here are the details:

Dec 18th:

  • That is the day of the normal pickup and delivery service.
  • Also, this is the last day to ship the service of UPS 3 Day Select for delivery before the day of the Christmas Day. UPS 3 Day Select will be able to do the delivery on Dec 22nd.

Dec 19th:

  • That’s the day of the normal pickup and delivery service.
  • The customers can pick up the UPS 3 Day Select shipments on this day which will be scheduled for delivery on the day just after the Christmas day that is on Dec 26th.

Dec 20th:

  • It is the day of the normal pickup and delivery service.
  • It is also the last day to mail UPS 2nd Day Air packages. If you send the same on this day, the item will be able to reach before the day of the Christmas. Most likely the delivery will happen on Dec 22nd.

Dec 21st:

  • That is the day of the normal pickup and delivery service.
  • On this day, the UPS 2nd Day Air service is available. The delivery can happen before the day of Christmas. Most likely the package delivery can happen on Dec 23rd.
  • You must also know that these shipments must be processed and labelled for the delivery on Saturday. Saturday Delivery does not happen to all ZIP codes.
  • All the packages of UPS Next Day Air which are picked up today, will reach on Dec. 22nd.

Dec 22nd:

  • A day of normal pickup and delivery service.
  • The last day to ship UPS Next Day Air packages, which will be sent before the day of Christmas on Dec. 23rd.
  • Also, these packages must be processed and labelled for the delivery on Saturday. The delivery on Saturday is not possible for all the ZIP codes.

Dec. 23rd:

  • On this day, the delivery of UPS Next Day Air, UPS Worldwide Express, and UPS 2nd Day Air packages happen that are processed and labelled for Saturday Delivery.
  • Also, the pickup services are possible for international Air packages and UPS Air for standard Saturday pickup customers.
  • Only in the case of UPS Air and international Air packages, the UPS On-Call Pickup service is possible.
  • The Pickup and delivery of UPS Ground services on Saturday** packages will be only possible in metro area ZIP codes.

Dec. 24th:

  • The UPS pickup or delivery service not possible.
  • Only UPS Express Critical services can be availed.

Dec. 25th: (UPS Holiday)

  • The UPS pickup or delivery service not possible.
  • Only UPS Express Critical services can be availed.

Dec. 26th

  • UPS gets back to work by offering normal pickup and delivery service
  • All the UPS 3 Day Select packages that are picked up today, the delivery of the same will happen on Dec 29th.

This was the answer to the question does UPS run on Christmas Eve?

Does FedEx Deliver on Christmas Eve?

FedEx is also a popular name in the packaging services. But, does FedEx deliver on Christmas? No, FedEx also does not deliver the mails and packages on the Christmas Eve and day. Even the FedEx stores are not open on this day. Only the FedEx Same Day packages, the service that allows you to send your critical item and is available 24/7 on all the 365 days of a year, are dealt with on this day.

Below is the list of FedEx holidays 2017 including the Christmas. This list is different from the holiday list of USPS and UPS.

Sr. No.DateWeek DayHoliday
1. April – 16SundayEaster Day
2. May – 29MondayMemorial Day
3. July – 4TuesdayIndependence Day
4. September – 4MondayLabor Day
5. November – 23ThursdayThanksgiving Day
6. December – 24SundayChristmas Eve
7. December – 25MondayChristmas Day
8. December – 31SundayNew Year's Eve
9. January – 1, 2018MondayNew Year's Day

Coming to the FedEx schedule on the Christmas, here are the details:

Dec 19th:

  • FedEx Express: Available
  • FedEx Ground: Available
  • FedEx Home delivery: Available
  • FedEx SmartPost: Available
  • FedEx Freight: Available
  • FedEx Office: Available
  • FedEx Custom Critical: Available
  • FedEx Trade Network: Available

Dec 20th:

  • FedEx Express: Available
  • FedEx Ground: Available
  • FedEx Home delivery: Available
  • FedEx SmartPost: Available
  • FedEx Freight: Available
  • FedEx Office: Available
  • FedEx Custom Critical: Available
  • FedEx Trade Network: Available

Dec 21st:

  • FedEx Express: Available
  • FedEx Ground: Available
  • FedEx Home delivery: Available
  • FedEx SmartPost: Available
  • FedEx Freight: Available
  • FedEx Office: Available
  • FedEx Custom Critical: Available
  • FedEx Trade Network: Available

Dec 22nd:

  • FedEx Express: Modified Service
  • FedEx Ground: Modified Service
  • FedEx Home delivery: Available
  • FedEx SmartPost: Available
  • FedEx Freight: Modified Service
  • FedEx Office: Available
  • FedEx Custom Critical: Available
  • FedEx Trade Network: Available

Dec 23rd:

  • FedEx Express: Modified Service
  • FedEx Ground: Closed
  • FedEx Home delivery: Available
  • FedEx SmartPost: Closed
  • FedEx Freight: Closed
  • FedEx Office: Available
  • FedEx Custom Critical: Available
  • FedEx Trade Network: Closed

FedEx delivery Christmas Eve, Dec 24th:

  • FedEx Express: Closed
  • FedEx Ground: Closed
  • FedEx Home delivery: Closed
  • FedEx SmartPost: Closed
  • FedEx Freight: Closed
  • FedEx Office: Modified hours
  • FedEx Custom Critical: Available
  • FedEx Trade Network: Closed

Dec 25th:

  • FedEx Express: Closed
  • FedEx Ground: Closed
  • FedEx Home delivery: Closed
  • FedEx SmartPost: Closed
  • FedEx Freight: Closed
  • FedEx Office: Closed
  • FedEx Custom Critical: Available
  • FedEx Trade Network: Closed

Dec 26th:

  • FedEx Express: Available
  • FedEx Ground: Available
  • FedEx Home delivery: Closed
  • FedEx SmartPost: Available
  • FedEx Freight: Modified Service
  • FedEx Office: Available
  • FedEx Custom Critical: Available
  • FedEx Trade Network: Available

 

Conclusion:

You will be surprised to know that USPS and UPS may work on the Christmas day also, though only for the internal and limited functioning purpose. They do not cater to the retail requirements, and hence retail service is not open to the customers. The staff at these companies do work so that those mails and packages reach its destination timely.

Now that you have the answer to the question, does mail get delivered on Christmas Eve by these three companies, you can plan to send your package accordingly.

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