USPS Holidays | Post Office Holidays 2019

 January 15, 2020

By  Vada Shelby

In the hustle-bustle of daily life, there are many services that we take for granted. However, the absence of these services even for a small-time gets us all worried and worked up. One such service is the Postal Service. Whenever we send or receive any post, we rarely stop to think about the service or the people delivering this service to us. But when this service is unavailable for even one day, we realize its importance. This is felt even more keenly by small and medium businesses that rely heavily on the postal service for delivering their goods and business. Any slippage may have a direct impact on their bottom lines.

Taking all these factors into consideration, the US postal services do not have many holidays. In fact, most follow the standard 10-holiday federal calendar. Even in these 10 days that are considered postal holidays, some of the posts may still be delivered as part of a special service being offered by the provider. So, if you are looking to either send or receive a parcel, make sure to take a look at whether it is today a postal holiday and whether or not your service provider is offering a special service ensuring delivery on all 365 days.

USPS Holidays 2019 :

Name of HolidayDateDay
New Year’s DayJanuary 1Tuesday
Martin Luther King Jr.’s BirthdayJanuary 21Monday
Presidents Day / George Washington’s BirthdayFebruary 18Monday
Memorial DayMay 27Monday
Independence DayJuly 4Thursday
Labor DaySeptember  2Monday
Christopher Columbus DayOctober  14Monday
Veterans’ Day (Observed)November  11Monday
Thanksgiving DayNovember  28Thursday
ChristmasDecember 25Wednesday

USPS Holiday Schedule :

There are a couple of very interesting observations that can be made in the above data.

Most of the US Postal service holidays as per the above list fall on a Monday and very few are actually during other weekdays. There are two reasons for this.

    1. The United States is one of the very few countries in the world that do not have actual mail delivery holidays. Instead, the holidays are created by Congress for the federal institutions. These are generally observed by all others, thereby making them postal holidays as well as sort of national holidays.
    2. The Uniform Monday Holiday Act is in place, which pushes the holidays to the next Monday, so as to give a long weekend for federal employees. Hence, if any of the federal holidays fall on a Saturday, it is observed on the preceding Friday, whereas any holiday falling on a Sunday is moved to the next Monday. This act specifically pertained to Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Columbus Day and Veterans’ Day.

Details of US Post Office Holidays :

New Year’s Day – This date marks the beginning of the Gregorian as well as Julian calendar and is celebrated the world over. There are a number of ways people celebrate this day and sending and receiving gifts is part of the tradition. Hence, if you want to make sure that your gift reaches your loved one on time, you need to ensure that you post it with sufficient time on hand, as New Year’s Day is a federal holiday. However, due to the special nature of the occasion, there are several services available that deliver the post even on this day if need be.


Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday – This day is celebrated to commemorate the life and works of Martin Luther King Jr. Falling in mid-January, this day is a federal and US postal service holiday every year, generally on the third Monday of January. Hence, while booking your post, ensure that the receipt is not expected on this particular day unless you are opting for a special delivery service as offered by your provider.


Presidents Day – This day started to be celebrated as the birthday of the first president of the United States, George Washington. However, over the years this has come to be a celebration in memory of all the Presidents of the United States. This is generally observed on the third Monday of February.


Memorial Day – This day is observed to remember the people who died while serving in the armed forces. It is generally celebrated on the last Monday of May and hence, you should be careful while scheduling the delivery of your post on this day.


Independence Day – This is one of the most important holidays celebrated in the United States as the US Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July 1776, making the United States independent from the British Empire. This is a federal holiday as well as a national holiday and hence, very rarely any delivery is made on this day.


Labor Day – This is another special day, observed as a federal holiday to honor the workers whose labor and hard work contribute towards the strength, prosperity, and laws of the United States. This is one postal holiday when absolutely no delivery takes place. This holiday is one of the few USPS closed holidays.


Columbus Day – This day is another commemoration of the great past of this country, celebrated to remember the arrival of Christopher Columbus on the soil of the United States of America. No postal delivery takes place on this day.


Veterans’ Day – This day is observed in the honor of all the people who have served in the United States Armed Forces. No deliveries take place on this day.


Thanksgiving Day – This is specially celebrated in the US and Canada. In the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November and no deliveries take place on this day.


Christmas – One of the most popular festivals celebrated the world over, Christmas is a special day, in which people celebrate with their friends and family. No deliveries are made on Christmas Day.

Conclusion: As we already discussed the holidays of united state postal service in this post. We have the information will help you out to solve all of your problems and will guide you in the right way. If you have any other queries then please do comment, we will be there for you ASAP.

Vada Shelby


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