Is there mail delivery on Columbus Day? The federal holiday is observed on October 9, and there is some confusion about what’s open and what’s closed on Monday, including the U.S. Postal Service, UPS, FedEx, banks, government offices, schools, and retail stores.
According to the Federal Office of Personnel Management, most government employees get the day off on October 9, but that doesn’t mean all post office employees have the entire holiday weekend off. Here’s what you need to know about Columbus Day post office hours as well as holiday delivery information for UPS and FedEx.
Most government offices will be closed on Columbus Day, including the U.S. Postal Service. All branch locations will be closed, and mail will not be available in post office boxes until Tuesday morning. There will be no mail delivery for business and residential customers on Monday, with a possible exception for Amazon deliveries.
All mail will be delivered according to the usual schedule on the Saturday preceding the holiday. Scheduled Amazon deliveries will be made on Sunday. It’s also possible that some Amazon packages will be delivered on Columbus Day, with CNET reporting that the USPS started delivering packages for the online retailer on Sundays and “some holidays.” Check with Amazon to find out your exact delivery date if you are expecting a delivery this weekend.
FedEx and UPS
Although all U.S. Post Office branches will be closed on Monday, FedEx will be open for business on Columbus Day. According to the company’s holiday schedule, the company provides “normal pickup and delivery service” on the following federal holidays: Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Presidents Day.
If you are expecting a package from UPS on October 9, expect to see one of their iconic brown trucks in your driveway on Monday. According to the delivery company’s website, they will be open for business on Columbus Day.
Is anything else open on Columbus Day?
Most retail stores, including Walmart, Target, and popular mall stores, will be open on Columbus Day. Restaurants, car dealerships, movie theaters, and grocery stores will also be open, but it’s always a good idea to call ahead for holiday hours. Most banks and credit unions will be closed on October 9, but at least one major bank, TD Bank, will be open regular business hours on Monday.
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