Wondering if there is mail delivery on Martin Luther King Day? While many retail stores and restaurants will be open on January 19, the U.S. Post Office will be closed for business all day on Monday. MLK Day is a federal holiday, so if you are expecting a package or an important piece of mail, delivery won’t resume until Tuesday.
Martin Luther King Day is observed on the third Monday of January each year, and celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an American civil rights leader. The holiday is celebrated every year on the third Monday in January, right around the time of King’s birthday, January 15.
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In addition to the post office, most banks will be closed as well as federal offices, including the IRS and Social Security, and state offices like the DMV. Market Watch reports that U.S. stock and bond markets will be closed on Monday, but for in overseas markets and Globex electronic trading, it will be “business as usual.”
“Let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring—when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children—black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics—will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
Although the U.S. Postal Service closes down on MLK Day, you can still ship a package out if you use UPS or FedEx. The United Parcel Service states that they “recognize” but do not observe the Martin Luther King holiday. Packages will be delivered on Monday, and all UPS offices will be open for package drop-offs. FedEX is also open on January 19. Saving Advice reports that Federal Express treats MLK Day as a regular Monday and will be running their usual weekday pickup and delivery schedule.
If you have Martin Luther King Day off and have the urge to go shopping, most retail stores, including Target and Walmart, will be open for business. However, Time reports that there may be a better way to spend your day off — use your day honoring King’s legacy by taking part in a National Day of Service and volunteering in your community.
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