When is mail delivered?

There is mail service every day except Sundays and Federal Holidays.  There is still mail delivery on state and local holidays, but you can always check here to see if there is mail delivered each day!

Federal holidays with no mail service

There table below has the upcoming Federal holidays where there won’t be mail service in 2017 and 2018.

Federal (USPS) Holiday Date MM/DD/YYYY
Christmas Day Monday, December 25, 2017 12/25/2017
New Year’s Day Monday, January 1, 2018 1/1/2018
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Monday, January 15, 2018 1/15/2018
Presidents Day Monday, February 19, 2018 2/19/2018
Memorial Day Monday, May 28, 2018 5/28/2018
Independence Day Wednesday, July 4, 2018 7/4/2018
Labor Day Monday, September 3, 2018 9/3/2018
Columbus Day Monday, October 8, 2018 10/8/2018
Veterans Day Monday, November 12, 2018 11/12/2018
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 22, 2018 11/22/2018
Christmas Day Tuesday, December 25, 2018 12/25/2018

State holidays do have mail service

A number of states and localities have holidays that are not federal holidays.  Some state holidays with mail delivered on the day include Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Election Day, Day after Christmas (or boxing day), Lincoln’s Birthday, New Year’s Eve and Victory Day (formally VJ day).

Good Friday is the most celebrated of the list, with Connecticut, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, and Tennessee all recognizing the day as a State Holiday.  But there is mail delivered on Good Friday.

The day after Christmas is celebrated in a few states as well. Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and the US Virgin Islands all offer time off to the state employees, but the post office is still open and mail is still delivered on December 26.  This can be particularly important if you’re a day late and a dollar short with your presents. (And lucky for the 11 states where Christmas eve is a state holiday, that the mail service is based on Federal holidays).

 

The table below sets out a list of state holidays.

State holiday Number of states celebrating
Good Friday 12
Christmas Eve 11
Election Day 10
Day after Christmas 6
Lincoln’s Birthday 5
New Year’s Eve 4
Victory Day 1