Wondering if the post office is open on July 4, and if the letter carrier will deliver the mail on Saturday? Although most retail stores and restaurants will be open on Independence Day, the U.S. Postal Service will closed down for the day.
The federal holiday is actually observed on July 3, but it’s business as usual on Friday for the USPS — employees will have Saturday off instead. Normal mail delivery will resume on Monday, July 6.
Unfortunately, if you have an urgent package to mail out on Saturday, driving it to its destination may be your only option. In addition to the USPS, both UPS and FedEx will be closed on the Fourth of July. FedEx Home Delivery will be delivering packages on Friday, and UPS will be open for business as usual on the 3rd.
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Most federal employees, other than postal workers scheduled a shift on Friday, will get to enjoy a three-day weekend. According to the Federal Office of Personnel Management, because the 4th of July falls on a Saturday this year, July 3 will be treated as a holiday — most non-essential federal employees will get the day off with pay.
That means most government offices, including the DMV and Social Security, will be closed on Friday. Independence Day isn’t the only federal holiday observed by the U.S. Postal Service. The Holiday Schedule reports that the USPS observes 10 holidays each year.
After the Fourth of July, federal employees will get five more days off in 2015 — Labor Day (September 7), Columbus Day (October 12), Veterans Day (November 11), Thanksgiving (November 26), and Christmas (December 25).
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Although you won’t get mail on Saturday, you will be able to spend money at retail stores and restaurants. According to a previous post from the Inquisitr, most stores will will be open on the 4th of July if you need food for your holiday cookout, consumer fireworks, or just feel like boosting the economy and doing a little retail therapy.
Expect to find Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Sears, and supermarkets to be open regular or holiday hours. Popular chain restaurants will also be open if you don’t feel like firing up the grill, and most movie theaters will be open for business if you want to get out of the heat and catch a flick.
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