Martin Luther King Jr. Day is today, January 18, and as it is a federal holiday you may be wondering—is the post office closed on MLK day? Federal services, including the United States Postal Service (USPS), generally close or operate with modified services on federal holidays, like Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.
Therefore, if you’re expecting mail or need to send mail with USPS, or are planning a trip to the post office today, you may need to alter your plans. However, as UPS and FedEx are private companies, the same rules do not apply as they do to federal services like USPS. The mail services available today will therefore vary by mailing company.
Find out below which mail services from USPS, UPS, and FedEx will run on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and how you will need to change your plans, if at all.
USPS Hours on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Is there mail on MLK day? USPS observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day so post offices will be closed and USPS services will not run. If you’re expecting mail it will likely arrive on Tuesday, and you will need to wait until tomorrow to access post office services.
UPS Hours on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
UPS does not observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day so UPS pickup and delivery services will still be available. UPS Store locations will also be open on MLK Day.
However, as USPS observes MLK Day, UPS SurePost and UPS Mail Innovations deliveries will take an additional business day in transit.
FedEx Hours on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Does FedEx deliver on MLK Day? All FedEx services will be open on Martin Luther King Day but FedEx Express and FedEx SmartPost will be operating with modified service.
USPS Federal Holidays
To plan ahead for the rest of the year, become familiar with the federal holidays observed by USPS. Following MLK Day, USPS will next be closed on Presidents’ Day on February 15. USPS also observes Memorial Day on May 31 and will be closed for Independence Day on July 5, as July 4 falls on a Sunday in 2021.
Post offices will be closed and USPS mail services will not run on Labor Day on September 6, Columbus Day on October 11, or Veterans Day on November 11.
USPS will also be closed on major holidays like Thanksgiving Day on November 25 and Christmas Day on December 25. As Christmas falls on a Saturday this year, Friday, December 24, will be a holiday for pay and leave purposes for most federal employees. Finally, USPS also observes New Year’s Day on January 1.