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 each year. 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)|
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.
2022 Federal Holidays
For a complete listing of all federal holidays in 2022 and when they are observed for pay and leave purposes for federal employees, see this post: 2022 Federal Holidays