Is the mail delivery on Columbus Day 2016 and will the USPS, FedEx, and UPS deliver packages on Monday, October 10? Many retail stores, and even some banks, will be open on the federal holiday, leaving many people to wonder if it’s business as usual for the U.S. Post Office and other package delivery companies.
Columbus Day weekend is typically a big weekend for retailers who offer holiday sales, so that means many people across the U.S. will be working at retail stores and restaurants on the holiday. However, most — but not all — federal employees will have the day off.
So, what does that mean for mail and delivery services? Here’s the scoop on what to expect when it comes to Columbus Day mail and package deliveries from the USPS, FedEx, and UPS. Check out the list of 2016/2017 federal holiday below as well.
It’s business as usual during the holiday weekend leading up to Columbus Day, with letter carriers delivering mail according to their normal schedule on Saturday, October 8 and, according to the USPS, making scheduled Amazon deliveries on Sunday.
However, on Monday, October 11, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management states that most postal employees will have the day off, so that means no mail delivery to homes and businesses until normal operations resume on Tuesday, October 12.
Please note — a thread within the Amazon forum indicates that some customers have received packages via the USPS on other federal holidays, so there is a possibility that postal workers will be delivering scheduled Amazon packages on Monday. Check your tracking information for the most accurate information.
With the exception of Amazon deliveries that may take place on Monday, regular mail won’t be delivered, and all post office branches will be closed on Monday, so you won’t have access to your post office box on Columbus Day and mail and packages dropped in USPS boxes won’t go out until the wee hours of the morning on Tuesday.
What about UPS and FedEx? Will they be delivering packages, and will you be able to drop packages off at one of their local offices on Monday?
Although the USPS shuts down their branches and regular mail delivery operations on Columbus Day, that’s not the case for both the United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (FedEx).
On most federal holidays, UPS and FedEx shut down for the day, but deliveries and package drop-off won’t stop Columbus Day.
FedEx trucks will be out on the road delivering packages and you can ship a package out (or pick one up that’s being held) from most local Federal Express offices.
According to Federal Express, the company provides normal pickup and delivery service on four federal holidays — Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King Day, and Presidents Day.
The same goes for the United Parcel Service. According to the UPS holiday calendar, all packages will be delivered on Monday, October 11 and most UPS stores will be open (call ahead to be sure). It’s business as usual on the next holiday — Veterans Day — as well.
According to a previous report from the Inquisitr, several banks will be open on Monday, and malls, restaurants, movie theaters, and big box stores like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy will be open for business on Columbus Day.
Wondering when the next federal holiday just in case you’re lucky enough to have the day off? Here is a list of government holidays coming up for the remainder of 2016 as well as for 2017.
- Columbus Day – October 10, 2016
- Veterans Day – November 11, 2016
- Thanksgiving Day – November 24, 2016
- Christmas Day – December 25, 2016 (observed Monday, December 26)
- New Year’s Day – January 1, 2017 (observed Monday, January 2)
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – January 16, 2017
- George Washington’s Birthday – February 20, 2017
- Memorial Day – May 29, 2017
- Independence Day – July 4, 2017
- Labor Day -September 4, 2017
- Columbus Day – October 9, 2017
- Veterans Day – November 11, 2016 (observed November 10)
- Thanksgiving Day – November 23, 2017
- Christmas Day – December 24, 2017
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