A huge number of people use the services of the United States Postal Service (USPS). People prefer to send their mail items using different mail classes and services of USPS because they are cheap. The postal service is providing the best services at cheap rates. It’s the main advantage over its competitors. Most of the large businesses and small business owners rely on its delivery. They use the USPS Saturday delivery and Sunday delivery to get their mail delivered on time.
The Postal Service works hard to deliver all mail items on time, and that’s why it delivers seven days a week. It delivers even on Saturdays and Sundays. The postal workers go through tough weather and hard times to deliver the mail items before the deadline. But, here is the thing which you should know that the post offices don’t work 365 days a year. Yes, there are few post office holidays when the services are closed for everyone. These mail holidays are known as Postal Holidays. It’s essential to know US post office holidays if you are running a small business which relies on USPS. These type of people must be aware of the USPS holiday hours. If you are one of them, then you must be aware of the closing and the opening days and hours of USPS. You should pay close attention to this information because any of the days that you might expect the postal service to be open or closed are not always as you expect. So, let’s find out the days when the USPS is closed in 2017:
USPS Holidays 2017:
There are ten USPS holidays observed in this year 2017. All the post offices and non-essential government offices will be closed on the following days. It means no mail items (especially Standard mail) will be delivered on the following days:
- Monday, January 2 New Year’s Day (observed)
- Monday, January 16 Martin Luther King Jr. birthday
- Monday, February 20 Washington’s Birthday
- Monday, May 29 Memorial Day
- Tuesday, July 4 Independence Day
- Monday, September 4 Labor Day
- Monday, October 9 Columbus Day
- Friday, November 10 Veterans Day (observed)
- Thursday, November 23 Thanksgiving Day
- Monday, December 25 Christmas Day
No mail items will be delivered on these days. You can see the same USPS holidays in the following table:
|Sr. No.||Date||Week Day||Holiday|
|1.||January – 2||Monday||New Year’s Day *|
|2.||January – 16||Monday||Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday|
|3.||February – 20||Monday||Washington’s Birthday|
|4.||May – 29||Monday||Memorial Day|
|5.||July – 4||Tuesday||Independence Day|
|6.||September – 4||Monday||Labor Day|
|7.||October – 9||Monday||Columbus Day|
|8.||November – 10||Friday||Veterans’ Day *|
|9.||November – 23||Thursday||Thanksgiving Day|
|10.||December – 25||Monday||Christmas Day|
There are ten federal holidays in this year 2017. So, all the non-essential government and post offices will be closed. You may have noticed that the New Year’s Day and the Veterans Day are marked as “observed,” it’s because New Year’s Day is falling on Sunday and Veterans Day is falling on Saturday. According to the rule, if any federal holiday falls on Sunday, then it is observed on following Monday and if it falls on Saturday, then observed on Preceding Friday. This year, in 2017, two of the federal holidays are falling on Saturday and Sunday. That’s why New Year’s Day is observed on Monday and Veterans Day is observed on Friday. Some other holidays are observed according to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.
2017 Federal Holidays in Detail:
You may be aware of these US mail holidays that why these are considered as federal holidays and why all the post offices remain closed on these days. If you know, then it’s good and if not, then Don’t Worry! We’ll find the reason below. Let’s start with the first one:
Monday, January 2 New Year’s Day (observed): You must be aware of this day. It’s the most celebrated day in the world. New Year is celebrated on 1st January as it is considered as the first day of the year according to the Julian calendar as well as the modern Gregorian calendar. People celebrate this day with resolutions. Some offer services to church, do sporting events and parades. This year, in 2017, New Year is falling on Sunday, and that’s why it will be observed on following Monday, January 2. You should know that mail doesn’t run on New Year’s Eve and the regular mail delivery will not start until January 3. Your letter carrier will not pick any mail from the collection box on January 1 and January 2. But, here is the thing, one type of mail items will be delivered on these days, and those are Priority Mail Express items.
Monday, January 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. birthday: This federal holiday is observed on the third Monday of January every year. It’s because of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. who was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement. He was born on January 15. Martin Luther King Jr. was also an activist and American Baptist minister. So, you will waste your time if you wait for the mail item to come because mail doesn’t run on Martin Luther King Jr. birthday either.
Monday, February 20 – Washington’s Birthday: George Washington was the first President of the United States. He was born on February 22, 1732. Every year, third Monday of the February is considered as the federal holiday to remember not just George Washington, but all the people who served as the President of America. That’s why this day is also known as President’s Day. This year, in 2017, President’s Day is observed on February. That’s why no mail delivery will take place on this day. It’s one of the well known US postal holidays.
Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day: In the list of Postal Holidays 2017, the fourth federal holiday of the year is Memorial Day on May 29. Every year, it is observed on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day is celebrated to remember those who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. In honor of those died people, a large number of people visit cemeteries and memorials. No letter carrier will deliver any mail to you on this day.
Tuesday, July 4 – Independence Day: There is no need to explain about this holiday because every American knows about it. On this day in 1776, the United States of America was no longer a part of the British Empire as the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress. That’s why it is one of the mail delivery holidays. July 4 or the Independence Day is associated with family reunions, picnics, fireworks, parades, barbecues, baseball games, fairs, carnivals, political speeches & ceremonies, concerts, etc.
Monday, September 4 – Labor Day: Every first Monday of September is considered as a federal holiday every year in honor of the American labor movement and the contribution of the workers to the prosperity, laws, strength, and well-being of the country. This year, it is observed on September 4. No standard mail delivery will take place on this day.
Monday, October 9 – Columbus Day: Second Monday of October is celebrated as the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas every year. Mail delivery doesn’t run on Columbus Day. On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus arrived there. This year, Columbus Day is observed on October 9.
Friday, November 10 Veterans Day (observed): Veterans’ Day is celebrated in honor of the veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces. Veterans Day is on November 11, Saturday that’s why it is observed on the Preceding Friday, November 10. It’s the eighth holiday in the list of post office holidays 2017. No mail item will be delivered on that day.
Thursday, November 23 – Thanksgiving Day: Thanksgiving Day is considered as a public holiday in two countries: Canada and USA. In both the countries, it is celebrated on two different days. Every year, second Monday of October is considered as Thanksgiving Day in Canada and the USA, it is observed on the fourth Thursday of November. So, November 23 will be the federal holiday this year in the United States. On this day, people meet each other. They give thanks for whatever they have. Parades are also held.
Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day: Millions of people from across the world celebrate this day as the birth of Jesus Christ. People have their own ways to celebrate this day. It’s one of the largely celebrated festivals in the world. Social gatherings take place on this day. This year, on December 25, all post offices will be closed, but due to heavy workload and large mail volumes, post offices will be open on two Sunday before the Christmas. You should contact your local post office to find out which post office is open and which is closed. Also, don’t forget that mail doesn’t run on Christmas Eve and day.
That was the list of federal holidays 2017 and USPS holiday schedule. Many people ask is today a postal holiday? So, for them, it’s the complete list of holidays. You can also see the list of holidays when the USPS will be closed below: