FedEx is one of the largest courier companies in the world, with millions of clients across the globe. FedEx's dedication to satisfying their clients means they ensure their operations run smoothly throughout the year, even on weekends. However, the real question is “Does FedEx deliver on holidays?” The answer to this question can easily be found by figuring out FedEx’s delivery dates.
All eCommerce merchants should have a good idea about FedEx’s holiday schedule and deadlines. With this, they’ll know whether the courier will operate on different dates of importance, and how to plan ahead for this. It will also help align shipping needs and ensure that your customers receive their holiday orders on time.
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2023 FedEx Holiday Service Schedule
Here’s a rundown of all the major holidays for the rest of 2023, the relevant dates, and the approximate shipping deadlines you need to know. This will help you make sure your shipping strategy is aligned with FedEx’s operations so your customers’ orders continue to be delivered without delay.
New Year’s Day: Monday, January 1, 2024
The new year is celebrated the world over, and FedEx takes a break from its regular daily mail services to join the rest of the world in welcoming the new year.
The FedEx holiday schedule shows that all regular mail services will not operate on January 1, 2024. On December 31, 2023, on New Year's Eve, most operations will be closed, apart from FedEx Home Delivery. Package delivery services will resume fully on January 3, 2024.
If you’re unable to beat the FedEx holiday hours and still want to ship on holidays or any other day of the year, you can send packages to your customers with the FedEx SameDay service. This service is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year for any urgent shipment that you may have.
Related resource: Holiday Shipping Deadlines in the US
Valentine's Day: Tuesday, February 14, 2023
FedEx will be operating normally on Valentine's Day 2023. To ensure your parcel is delivered by Tuesday, make sure you prepare 3-4 days ahead of time.
Receive an estimated delivery lead time using the Easyship Shipping Rates Calculator to make sure your special someone receives their parcel by Valentine's Day.
President's Day: Monday, February 20, 2023
FedEx will also be operating normally on President's Day 2023 though there will be modified services on FedEx Ground® shipments. Make sure you give yourself ample time to ensure your package is delivered by Monday, February 20, 2023.
Depending on your package destination, you'll want to plan ahead to minimize the risk of late delivery.
Good Friday: April 7, 2023
FedEx will be operating normally on Good Friday 2023 for most services, however, there will be modified services for FedEx Express® and ® Economy FedEx Freight®.
Make sure you plan ahead and send shipments as soon as possible to avoid any delays.
Memorial Day: Monday, May 29, 2023
This is a big day on the FedEx holiday schedule. Americans use this day to commemorate veterans who have sacrificed their lives in military service. FedEx offices will remain closed on this day, and no mail service will be running.
You should be aware that FedEx Freight and FedEx SmartPost services will also not operate on the preceding weekend, May 27-30. So, you’ll need to make sure your packages are shipped ahead of time so they reach your customers by May 26; otherwise, they won’t be delivered until May 30 when regular services resume. Here are the deadlines you should know for each service.
- FedEx Overnight: May 27, 2023
- FedEx 2Day: May 25, 2023
- FedEx Express Saver: May 24, 2023
- FedEx Ground/Home Delivery: May 23, 2023
Independence Day: Tuesday, July 4, 2023
This year, Independence Day will be celebrated on a Tuesday. There will be a modified service on FedEx Office® FedEx SameDay® City shipments.
All FedEx services will resume normal operations on July 5. These are the shipping deadlines you need for Independence Day.
- FedEx Overnight: July 3
- FedEx 2Day: July 2
- FedEx Express Saver: July 1
- FedEx Ground/Home Delivery: June 28
Labor Day: Monday, September 4 2023
This is a statutory holiday marking the contributions of workers, so all offices are closed. FedEx will not be operational on the day itself, and many of its services will be modified or non-operational over the preceding weekend. On September 4, FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight, and FedEx SmartPost will not be available.
So, you need to ship accordingly so that your customers receive their packages on or before September 2. All FedEx services will resume on September 5.
Columbus Day: Monday, October 9, 2023
You’ll see that FedEx Express and FedEx Ground® Economy will offer modified services on Columbus Day, while the other delivery services will remain fully operational. Since package delivery will continue, as usual, you can ship on any day.
Veteran's Day: Saturday, November 11, 2023
According to the FedEx holiday schedule, all package delivery services will remain fully operational, except FedEx SmartPost which will only have a modified service. Feel free to ship your orders as they come, there shouldn’t be any delays!
Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 23, 2023
Traditionally, Americans use this day to give thanks for the autumn harvest and the celebration is marked with a festive feast. FedEx will close its offices for the day, so no regular mail service will be in operation. You’ll need to ship your packages to reach your customers before or on November 23 to avoid any inconveniences.
- FedEx Overnight: November 22
- FedEx 2Day: November 21
- FedEx Express Saver: November 20
- FedEx Ground/Home Delivery: November 19
Black Friday, November 24, 2023, and Cyber Monday, November 27, 2023
Black Friday is always the day after Thanksgiving; Cyber Monday is always the following Monday. Both days see a huge spike in online shopping (and shipping!) as many retailers offer major sales for a full 24 hours on both days, and sometimes through the weekends.
Often, the holiday shopping frenzy continues for a full week. However, there will be a modified service on November 25 on FedEx Express® shipments and FedEx Ground® will not be operating. All other services should run as usual.
Christmas Day: Monday, December 25, 2023
Christmas Day is celebrated with great pomp and circumstance, not only in America, but in most parts of the world. FedEx will keep its offices closed throughout the country and will not operate any of its regular mail services.
- FedEx Overnight: December 22, 2023
- FedEx 2Day: December 20, 2023
- FedEx Express Saver: December 19, 2023
- FedEx Ground/Home Delivery: December 13, 2023
Things to Consider
FedEx offers a money-back guarantee if your packages are not delivered as promised. This applies to several dates on the FedEx holiday schedule As an eCommerce merchant, it’s important to know under which circumstances this guarantee will be suspended. For FedEx holidays in 2023, you might find that the money-back guarantee doesn’t apply.
How Easyship Can Help
There’s no doubt that FedEx is a reputable courier company that offers outstanding package delivery services to millions of its clients. But, of course, public holidays mean FedEx holidays, too, so their regular mail delivery services will often not be operational on these dates.
Being aware of the FedEx holiday schedule will help you easily navigate these peak shipping times. As an eCommerce merchant, you need to adjust your package delivery days to align well with the FedEx holiday schedule and be aware of FedEx holiday shipping deadlines to avoid inconveniencing your buyers.
Also, don't forget to visit the Easyship COVID-19 resource hub to see how the coronavirus situation may affect shipments with various carriers during these major holidays.
FedEx Holiday Schedule FAQ
Does FedEx work on holidays?
FedEx is closed for Easter and Christmas but is still open on Thanksgiving.
What are FedEx's business days?
Normal business days for FedEx Express are Monday-Friday.
Does FedEx deliver on Veterans' Day?
Yes, FedEx delivers on Veterans' Day.
*This blog was updated on January 24, 2023, to reflect new information.