2022 USPS Holidays

When does the USPS close for holidays in 2022?

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 17Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, February 21Washington’s Birthday
Monday, May 30Memorial Day
Monday, June 20**Juneteenth National Independence Day
Monday, July 4Independence Day
Monday, September 5Labor Day
Monday, October 10Columbus Day
Friday, November 11Veterans Day
Thursday, November 24Thanksgiving 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.

ServiceShipping TimePricingMail 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$Mail
First-Class Package Service®1–3 Days$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/ProductDate (excluding Alaska & Hawaii)
USPS Retail Ground® ServiceDecember 17
First-Class Mail® ServiceDecember 17
Priority Mail® ServiceDecember 19
Priority Mail Express® ServiceDecember 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® ServicePriority Mail® ServicePriority Mail Express® ServiceUSPS Retail Ground® Service
AlaskaDecember 17December 17December 21December 2
HawaiiDecember 17December 17December 21N/A

About the Author

Ian Smith is one of the co-founders of FedSmith.com. He has over 20 years of combined experience in media and government services, having worked at two government contracting firms and an online news and web development company prior to his current role at FedSmith.