New Year's Day is fast approaching, and Americans are finalizing plans for the holiday which begins Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 with early post office closings. They're asking if the post office is open or closed Wednesday, Jan. 1. The usual concerns are if there is mail delivery New Year's Day, and what time does the post office close New Year's Eve. According to The New York Times on Sunday, Dec. 29, the post office will be closed New Year's Day, and mail won't be delivered Jan. 1. Because New Year's Day is a federal holiday, all post offices are closed, not open in the United States. Most post offices will also close early on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31.
The post office isn't the only place that's closed on New Year's Day. Appeal Democrat reported Monday, Dec. 30, that government offices, schools and banks are not open on New Year's Day either. Postal customers are also confused as to what's open and what's open or closed when it comes to shipping and receiving packages and mail by other carriers. UPS and Fed Ex are also closed and will not deliver packages on New Year's Day.
Meanwhile, CNN News on Sunday, Dec. 29, reported that the continuing headache faced by officials in charge of the United States Postal Service is escalating. "The price of a first-class stamp is going up again in the new year. On January 26, it will increase by three cents, to 49 cents per letter. Federal regulators last week approved the rise on an allegedly temporary basis—the higher rate is supposed to last for no more than two years—but no one really expects it to go back down," said CNN News.
The U.S. Post Office is Closed, Not Open New Year's Day
New Year's Day is a federal holiday and is always observed on the first day of the year, no matter what day of the week it falls on. In 2014, New Year's Day falls on Wednesday, Jan 1.
Does the Post Office deliver mail Tuesday, Dec. 31, or Wednesday, Jan, 1? Yes, and no. The USPS reports they are closed New Year's Day for mail delivery, but most local post offices close early at noon on New Year's Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
According to the USPS Post Office - There is no United States mail delivery on New Year's Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. New Year's Day is a U.S. postal holiday, and all U.S. post offices are closed for business. This includes not only mail delivery to your residence or business, but also local post office lobby hours as well.
Postal customers have until the close of business on Tuesday, Dec. 31 (keep in mind, most post offices will close early on New Year's Eve) to send mail and packages or pick up mail at their local post office. Customers will have to wait until their local post office opens again on Thursday, Jan. 2 to conduct business. Mail delivery will also resume on Thursday as well. Call 1-800-ASK-USPS if you need help.
Is UPS and Fed Ex Delivering on New Year's Day?
Other Delivery Services - United Parcel Service and Federal Express - According to UPS, they also recognize New Year's Day, on Tuesday, January 1, 2014 as a business holiday. UPS Express Critical is available. FED EX reports they are also closed for business New Year's Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1. FED EX Custom Critical is available. Normal business hours and delivery for both UPS and FED EX will resume on Thursday, Jan. 2.
2014 USPS Post Office Holidays List: No Mail Delivery on Postal Holidays
- Wednesday, January 1 - New Year’s Day
- Monday, January 20 - Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday
- Monday, February 17 - Washington’s Birthday (Presidents' Day)
- Monday, May 26 - Memorial Day
- Friday, 4th of July - Independence Day
- Monday, September 1 - Labor Day
- Monday, October 13 - Columbus Day
- Tuesday, November 11 - Veterans Day
- Thursday, November 27 - Thanksgiving Day
- Thursday, December 25 - Christmas Day
- Thursday, January 1, 2015 - New Year's Day
Sources: New York Times; CNN News; Appeal Democrat; usps.com; ups.com; fedex.com; timeanddate.com
Photo Credit: New Year's Day image; Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons