USPS Holidays 2018 | US Postal Service Holidays Hours & Schedule

United States Postal Service is one of the large businesses in the U.S. We don’t need to tell you about the number of its customers. People choose this package delivery company if they want to send any of their packages or mail in the United States or outside. Its cheap rates and amazing services attract people. They choose its services because they know that shipping through USPS will cost them low as compared to other shipping companies. Other package delivery companies charge a lot more if we compare the prices to USPS. The U.S Postal Service is offering the same service that other companies are providing at the low costs.

The postal workers also work hard for their customers. They work six days a week and some seven days a week because USPS delivers packages even on Sundays. If you want to know more about this service, then you should read our another article on USPS Sunday Delivery. Now, we are here to know about the USPS Holidays because there are some days when this large delivery agency doesn’t deliver mail and packages. So, let’s find out the U.S post office holidays:

USPS Holidays 2018:

US Mail Holidays

If you are a customer of USPS, then you should know about the postal service holidays because there are few days in a year when this agency doesn’t deliver any mail (excluding Priority Mail Express mail items). A customer must be aware of the post office holiday hours, opening, and closing hours or time of the post offices. It’s essential for you if you run a small business that relies on package delivery companies. If you are that type of person who runs a small business, then you should plan your shipping or delivery dates according to these US postal holidays. All the USPS stores, post offices, and non-essential government offices will be closed on the following dates:

  • Monday, January 1 New Year’s Day
  • Monday, January 15 Martin Luther King Jr. birthday
  • Monday, February 19 Washington’s Birthday
  • Monday, May 28 Memorial Day
  • Wednesday, July 4 Independence Day
  • Monday, September 3 Labor Day
  • Monday, October 8 Columbus Day
  • Monday, November 12 Veterans Day (observed)
  • Thursday, November 22 Thanksgiving Day
  • Tuesday, December 25 Christmas Day

These are the days when USPS won’t deliver or accept any package or mail. So, plan your schedule according to this postal holiday list. You can see these holidays in the table format below:

Sr. No.DateWeek DayHoliday
1.January – 1MondayNew Year’s Day
2.January – 15MondayMartin Luther King Jr. birthday
3.February – 19MondayWashington’s birthday
4.May – 28MondayMemorial Day
5.July – 4WednesdayIndependence Day
6.September – 3MondayLabor Day
7.October – 8MondayColumbus Day
8.November – 12MondayVeterans’ Day *
9.November – 22ThursdayThanksgiving Day
10.December – 25TuesdayChristmas Day

So, you can see there are total ten days when the postal workers or the post offices won’t accept or deliver any shipment. Most of these holidays come under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. This act moved some holidays from a fixed date to designated Mondays for the federal employees. It was designed to increase the number of weekends for employees. You may have noticed that Veterans Day is marked with a * sign or observed. It means that on November 12, there is the observed holiday, and the Veterans Day is on November 11. It’s because if any federal holiday falls on Saturday, then it is observed on Preceding Friday and if it falls on Sunday, then it’s observed on the following Monday.

Postal Holidays 2018 in Detail:

Now, you know about the USPS holiday schedule. So, you should plan your shipment according to this schedule. Do you know the reason behind these federal holidays or why these are considered as the US mail holidays? If Yes, then it’s great, but if not, then you should see the next lines where you will come to know that why all these days are considered as holidays in the U.S. So, let’s start:

Monday, January 1 New Year’s Day: According to the Gregorian calendar and Julian calendar as well, January 1 is the first day of the year. That’s why it is celebrated all over the world with lots of joy and happiness. People make resolutions on this day. Parades are held, and some offer services to the church. On New Year’s Day, USPS doesn’t deliver any mail or package. So, if you want to send anyone New Year’s present, then place your order earlier. However, you can go with the Priority Mail Express service that runs 365 days a year.

Monday, January 15 Martin Luther King Jr. birthday: Third Monday of January is considered as the US postal service holiday every year. On this day, Martin Luther King Jr. was born. He was an American Baptist minister and activist. If you don’t want to waste your time waiting for your package to come, then you should know that January 15 is the federal holiday and you should not wait for your shipment unless you used Priority Mail Express service.

Monday, February 19 Washington’s Birthday: Every year, third Monday of February is considered as the federal holiday in memory of the first U.S president, George Washington who was born on February 22, 1732. This day is not celebrated to remember only the first president, but all the presidents who served America. That’s the reason; this day is also known as President’s Day. USPS doesn’t deliver any package on President’s Day.

Monday, May 28 Memorial Day: Every year, last Monday of May is considered as the Memorial Day. Last year, in 2017, it was on 29th May, and this year, it’s on May 28. On this day, people remember those who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. People visit memorials and cemeteries in honor of died people. USPS will be closed on this holiday, and no shipment will be delivered.

Wednesday, July 4 Independence Day: July 4 is a very special day for every American because, on this day in 1776,  Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence and the US was no longer a part of British Empire. On this day, barbecues, parades, fairs, speeches, concerts, baseball games, ceremonies, etc. take place. Yes, USPS doesn’t deliver even on Independence Day.

Monday, September 3 Labor Day: In honor of the contribution of the workers to the strengths, laws, prosperity and American labor movement, the first Monday of September is considered as the Labor Day every year. No mail delivery takes place on Labor Day. This year, it is on September 3.

Monday, October 8 Columbus Day: Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the United States of America is celebrated as the Columbus Day on second Monday of October every year. Christopher Columbus arrived in America on October 12, 1492. If you are thinking about the mail delivery, then you should know that USPS doesn’t deliver even on Columbus Day.

Monday, November 12 Veterans Day (observed): This year, Veterans Day is falling on Sunday, and that’s why it is observed on following Monday. So, for most federal employees, November 12 will be treated as the holiday. It’s celebrated in honor of the people who served in the US Armed Forces. No shipment will be delivered on Veterans Day.

Thursday, November 22 Thanksgiving Day: In Canada and US, Thanksgiving day is considered as the federal holiday. The fourth Thursday of November is considered as the Thanksgiving Day in the United States. In Canada, it’s celebrated on second Monday of November. The US post offices don’t deliver any mail on Thanksgiving Day.

Tuesday, December 25 Christmas Day: Christmas Day is one of the biggest festivals celebrated across the world. Jesus Christ was born on this day. People celebrate this day in their own ways. On this day, all the post offices will be closed, and no mail delivery will take place, but due to heavy workload during Christmas, few post offices will open two Sundays before Christmas. So, you should contact your nearest post office to find out which branch is working or open on Sunday. It is the last holiday in the list of Mail Delivery Holidays.

It is the list of US postal service holidays 2018. USPS plans for holiday hours and days and you should too plan your shipment according to this holiday list.

You can see the USPS Holidays in the calendar below. All holidays are marked red:

USPS Holidays 2018

Conclusion: USPS customers usually ask, “Is today a postal holiday?” So, for them, here is the complete detail about the USPS holidays and schedule. If today is one of the days given on the list, then Yes, today is a postal holiday otherwise it’s not.

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