The Postal Service (USPS) is open most days of the year, but when is it closed for federal holidays in 2022?
USPS observes 11 federal holidays in 2022. The table below contains the full list of 2022 USPS holidays. The Postal Service is closed on these dates and will not deliver mail or packages. However, some USPS services are available at USPS.com 24/7 regardless of holidays.
|Friday, December 31, 2021*||New Year’s Day|
|Monday, January 17||Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.|
|Monday, February 21||Washington’s Birthday|
|Monday, May 30||Memorial Day|
|Monday, June 20**||Juneteenth National Independence Day|
|Monday, July 4||Independence Day|
|Monday, September 5||Labor Day|
|Monday, October 10||Columbus Day|
|Friday, November 11||Veterans Day|
|Thursday, November 24||Thanksgiving Day|
|Monday, December 26*||Christmas Day|
*If a holiday falls on a Saturday, for most USPS employees, the preceding Friday will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes. If a holiday falls on a Sunday, for most USPS employees, the following Monday will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes.
**Juneteenth National Independence Day will be recognized as a holiday eligible to USPS full-time and part-time career employees. The observance will be included in the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) 518, Holiday Leave and be subject to the corresponding provisions of the section.
USPS Domestic Mail and Shipping Services
According to the USPS, these are the shipping times for its major domestic shipping services. These are important to note if you plan to ship something around a federal holiday when the Postal Service will be closed.
|Service||Shipping Time||Pricing||Mail or Package|
|Priority Mail Express®||Next Day to 2 Days||$$$||Packages|
|Priority Mail®||1–3 Days||$$||Packages|
|USPS Retail Ground®||2–8 Days||$||Packages|
|Media Mail®||2–8 Days||$||Packages|
|First-Class Mail®||1–5 Days||$|
|First-Class Package Service®||1–3 Days||$||Small Packages (up to 13 oz)|
2022 Christmas Holiday Shipping Deadlines for Contiguous U.S. (Lower 48 States)
USPS recommends sending mail by these dates for the following services in order to ensure your items arrive by the Christmas holiday.
|Domestic Mail Class/Product||Date (excluding Alaska & Hawaii)|
|USPS Retail Ground® Service||December 17|
|First-Class Mail® Service||December 17|
|Priority Mail® Service||December 19|
|Priority Mail Express® Service||December 23|
2022 Christmas Holiday Shipping Deadlines for Alaska and Hawaii
USPS recommends sending mail by these dates to ensure delivery to Alaska or Hawaii by Christmas.
|First-Class Mail® Service||Priority Mail® Service||Priority Mail Express® Service||USPS Retail Ground® Service|
|Alaska||December 17||December 17||December 21||December 2|
|Hawaii||December 17||December 17||December 21||N/A|
Are FedEx and UPS Open on 2022 Federal Holidays?
FedEx and UPS have varying schedules on 2022 federal holidays depending on the holiday and the services each company offers.
According to its 2022 operating schedule, UPS is closed on New Year’s Day (Jan 1), Independence Day (July 4), Thanksgiving (Nov 25), and Christmas Day (Dec 25). UPS Express Critical® is still available.
FedEx has a detailed 2022 holiday shipping schedule as well with varying closures for many of its services depending on the holiday. Most services are open on MLK Day, for example, but on Memorial Day, most services are closed.
Is the Post Office open on Christmas Eve?
Local Post Offices will be open and may have extended, normal or limited hours. Be sure to check your local Post Office location for specific hours. Regular mail is also delivered on Christmas Eve 2022.
Is mail delivered on Christmas Day?
USPS is closed for the federal holiday. In 2022, mail is not delivered on Sunday, December 25 or Monday, December 26 (the observed Christmas holiday) and local post offices will be closed on both days.
Is the Post Office open on New Year’s Eve?
Local Post Offices will be open and may have extended, normal or limited hours. Be sure to check your local Post Office location for specific hours. Regular mail will be delivered.
Is the Post Office open on New Year’s Day?
Local Post Office locations will be closed on Sunday, January 1, 2023 and Monday, January 2, 2023 (New Year’s Day observed) for the New Year’s Day federal holiday. Regular mail will not be delivered, but Priority Mail Express will be delivered.