The United States Postal Service is an integral part of America. We get letters, bills, magazines, packages, and many other important documents through the United States Postal Service. This service holds a great deal of responsibility for making sure that documents and items alike make it to the intended recipient even in the rain, shine, sleet or snow.
The postal service typically operates Monday through Saturday, taking Sundays off. The postal service has specific holidays (typically identical to federal holidays) that it is not in operation and mail is not delivered. This can be frustrating, especially if you aren’t sure which days these holidays fall on, or if you have something to send that is time sensitive.
Postal holidays for 2011 include;
January 1 – New Year’s Day
January 18 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 15 – President’s Day
May 31 – Memorial Day
July 5 – Independence Day
September 6 – Labor Day
October 11 – Columbus Day
November 11 – Veterans Day
November 25 – Thanksgiving Day
December 25 – Christmas Day
These holidays may cause a delay in the postal service you receive. You will not receive mail or packages on these dates, however, normal postal service will resume the following business day.
If you have letters or parcels that need to be received in a timely fashion, be sure to mail them out in advance. It’s better to err on the side of caution and have the package arrive too early, than it is to have the package arrive too late. You may do this by calling the post office and finding out the expected delivery date for a package mailed off on a specific date, or if the date it needs to be received by is rapidly approaching, you may consider paying extra for same, or next day delivery.