The last chance for priority Christmas mail delivery is today, Dec. 24, but only if it was mailed on time. Americans are wondering if they'll get their packages and presents in time and asking, "What time does the post office close on Christmas Eve, December 24?" and "Is there mail delivery on Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day, Dec. 25?" According to The Washington Post on Monday, Dec. 23, post offices will be open Christmas Eve Day but most will close at noon. Only Priority Express Mail will be delivered on Christmas, Dec. 25. Regular post office hours will resume Thursday, Dec. 26.
That's certainly good news. So the answer is yes. The post office WILL deliver on Christmas Day, Dec. 25 if necessary, but only for a very hefty price!
The Times Online also reported on Tuesday, Dec. 24, that post offices, banks and government offices will be closed on both Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Federal and state offices and liquor stores will also be closed, not open on Christmas.
The U.S. Post Office is Closed on Christmas Day 2013
According to the USPS Post Office, Christmas is an official United States federal holiday, and a U.S. postal holiday. The post office is therefore closed on Christmas Day, and mail will not be delivered on Wednesday, Dec. 25 (with expensive exceptions as noted above).
Because Christmas is a federal holiday, all post offices are closed, not open. This includes not only mail delivery to your Rhode Island residence or business, but also local post office lobby hours as well. The post office will reopen the day after Christmas, Thursday, Dec. 26.
Postal customers have until the close of business today, Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24 to send mail and packages, or to pick up mail at their local post office. Most post offices will have an abbreviated business day on Christmas Eve and close early, some by noon. Mail carriers will do their best with delivery before they end their day on Christmas Eve.
Customers will have to wait until their local post office reopens on Thursday, Dec. 26 to conduct business again. Mail delivery will also resume on Thursday as well. Call 1-800-ASK-USPS if you need help. Are you already wondering if the post office is open on New Year's Eve Day, or if there's mail delivery on New Year's Day, Jan. 1, 2014?
Here's a list of the ten (10) U.S. federal or postal holidays for 2013 as stated by the USPS.com Website. Read 2013 USPS Holidays: Post Office closures, no mail delivery on postal holidays for more details.
Is UPS and Fed Ex Delivering Packages on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day?
United Parcel Service and Federal Express - According to UPS, they will be open for Christmas Eve Day, Dec. 24 for business and delivery, but will be closed for business on Christmas Day (UPS Express Critical available). They will be open again on Thursday, Dec. 26 for normal business.
Fed Ex reports they are also closed for business on Christmas Day, Dec. 25 as well. Fed Ex is open on Christmas Eve Day for Express and Ground only with Modified Service/Hours, but is not delivering home delivery or freight on Dec. 24. They will reopen again on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013.
Sources: usps.com; ups.com; fedex.com; The Washington Post; Times Union
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