It never fails. You’re expecting an important delivery, only to learn it’s a mail holiday. Frustration aside, the U.S. Postal Service observes ten official holidays. Post offices are closed on these days and there is no delivery. If you’re asking yourself ‘Is there mail today?’ this guide is a helpful resource.
Is There Mail Today?
As the old saying goes, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” USPS holidays are are as dependable as their mail carriers.
You can always count on Post Office holidays:
- New Year’s Day – Always January 1
- Martin Luther King Jr Day – Third Monday of January
- Washington’s Birthday/President’s Day – Third Monday of February
- Memorial Day – Last Monday in May
- Independence Day – Always July 4
- Labor Day – First Monday in September
- Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day – Second Monday in October
- Veterans Day – Always November 11
- Thanksgiving Day – Fourth Thursday of November
- Christmas Day – December 25
The postal service has a helpful page on its website showing the remaining holidays for the year to reference and learn will there be mail delivery today or not.
For convenience’s sake, below is the mail holiday schedule until 2024.
|New Year's Day||Jan. 1||Jan. 1||Jan. 1||Jan. 1|
|MLK Jr. Birthday||Jan. 18||Jan. 17||Jan. 16||Jan.15|
|Washington's Birthday||Feb. 15||Feb. 21||Feb. 20||Feb. 19|
|Memorial Day||May. 31||May. 30||May. 29||May 27|
|Independence Day||Jul. 4||Jul. 4||Jul. 4||Jul. 4|
|Labor Day||Sept. 6||Sept. 5||Sept. 4||Sept. 2|
|Columbus Day||Oct. 11||Oct. 10||Oct. 9||Oct. 14|
|Veterans Day||Nov. 11||Nov. 11||Nov. 11||Nov. 11|
|Thanksgiving Day||Nov. 25||Nov. 24||Nov. 23||Nov. 28|
|Christmas Day||Dec. 25||Dec. 25||Dec. 25||Dec. 25|
If your mail is anything like my local mail, expect a later in the day delivery after these holidays.
How to See What Mail You Will Receive Today
A common question around holidays is, “was mail delivered today?”. Heck, you may ask yourself that question at any point of the year.
A helpful tool we use to know if we will get mail today is Informed Delivery by USPS. The service is free and a terrific way to learn the answer to the question, “did the post office deliver mail today?”
To sign up for Informed Delivery by USPS, you go to their website and sign up for a free account. After you verify your identity, you provide an email address for notifications.
When you sign up, you can expect to receive an email each morning showing you each piece of mail you’ll receive later in the day.
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This service is not only helpful to learn if mail will be delivered today, but it’s also terrific to monitor mail when you’re out of town.
We use it in our family, and it’s an awesome tool to manage your incoming mail.
U.S. Post Office Hours
USPS hours vary by location, but are often very similar. I live in Omaha, and most branches operate from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We do have several branches in the city with extended hours, as well as in-store branches at grocery stores that have different hours.
Thankfully, this doesn’t pose a problem in buying stamps, or managing other, less significant postage needs, as you can manage that at most grocery stores or office supply stores.
Another suitable option is Stamps.com. The site lets you manage many of your mail needs, including:
- Calculate and buy postage
- Print labels to affix to packages or envelopes
- Mail directly from your home
A resource like Stamps.com allows you to manage all of your postage needs, regardless of what time it is. And, you receive $5 in postage to use in a 4-week trial when you sign up for an account.
Even if you receive mostly junk and bills, it’s always helpful to know if there’s mail today. The best way to monitor what you’ll receive in your mailbox is Informed Delivery by the USPS.
Use this free service to see what mail you’ll receive each day.