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USPS Holiday Schedule 2021: The Dates You Should Know

Check out the USPS holiday schedule for 2021 as it will help you navigate these peak shipping times with ease and avoid inconveniencing your buyers.
USPS Holiday Schedule 2021: The Dates You Should Know
Jules

By Jules

 

July 17, 2020

Knowing the United States Postal Service (USPS) 2021 holiday schedule will help eCommerce merchants plan their shipping accordingly during the busy holiday seasons. The USPS is closed for all of the major federal holidays, and with delivery times varying between their services, it’s important to understand the appropriate cut-off dates for shipping.

Once you’re done planning, you can turn to Easyship to optimize your shipping process and save time.

With easy access to USPS rates, and our handy shipping rates calculator, you can quickly determine how much you’ll be spending on shipping to your customers during the upcoming holidays.

Resource: Holiday Shipping Deadlines in the US
Calendar for holiday schedule
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What is the USPS Holiday Schedule for 2021?

Since the USPS will be closed on all federal holidays, you’ll want to pay close attention to their schedule to understand the last dates customers can place an order for timely delivery.

Remember, during busy holidays, customers often need a few reminders of upcoming shipping cutoffs, so plan accordingly. Having a transparent shipping policy sets expectations for your dedicated customers and builds trust, leading to higher holiday conversion rates.    

Let’s take a look at the 2021 USPS holidays:

Christmas Day: Saturday, December 25th, 2021

On Christmas, USPS stores countrywide will be closed with no delivery. However, due to huge volumes of shipping in the lead up to Christmas, some USPS offices will remain the two previous Sundays to handle the volume of shipments. It’s best to check with your local branch for the USPS holiday hours.

This should provide ample time for eCommerce stores to make their shipments in time for Christmas. The estimated USPS holiday shipping deadline for Christmas is as follows:  

USPS Priority Mail Express: Next day, ship by Thursday, December 23rd, 2021

Priority Mail: 1-3 days, ship by Sunday, December 19th, 2021

First-class Mail: 1-3 days, ship by Saturday, December 18th, 2021

USPS media mail: 2 to 8 days, ship by Thursday, December 16th, 2021

USPS retail ground: 2 to 8 days, ship by Wednesday, December 15th, 2021

Labor Day: Monday, September 6th, 2021

Labor is celebrated on the first Monday of September each year to honor the United States labor movement. Since it’s a federal holiday, USPS locations will be closed with no delivery service.

Since this holiday is often celebrated as a long weekend, you’ll want to assure shipments arrive by Friday. To learn the USPS holiday hours, check with your local branch.  

USPS Priority Mail Express: Next day, ship by Friday, September 3

Priority Mail: 1-3 days, ship by Friday, September 3

First-class Mail: 1-3 days, ship by Friday, September 3

USPS media mail: 2 to 8 days, ship by Saturday, August 28

USPS retail ground: 2 and 8 days, ship by Saturday, August 28

Columbus Day: Monday, October 11th, 2021

Columbus Day is a national holiday honoring the explorer Christopher Columbus, and the landing in the Americas. USPS locations will be closed with no delivery service on this federal holiday. It’s recommended that shipments arrive by Friday, October 8th.

USPS Priority Mail Express: Next day, ship by Saturday, October 9th

Priority Mail: 1-3 days, ship by Thursday, October 7th

First-class Mail: 1-3 days, ship by Thursday, October 7th

USPS media mail: 2 to 8 days, ship by Saturday, October 2nd

USPS retail ground: 2 to 8 days, ship by Saturday, October 2nd

Veterans Day: Thursday, November 11th, 2021

Veterans Day is a federal holiday occurring annually on November 11th to honor citizens that served in the military.  USPS locations will be closed with no delivery service on this federal holiday. It’s recommended that shipments arrive by Tuesday, November 9th.

USPS Priority Mail Express: Next day, ship by November 8th

Priority Mail: 1-3 days, ship by Friday, November 6th

First-class Mail: 1-3 days, ship by Friday, November 6th

USPS media mail: 2 to 8 days, ship by Friday, October 30th

•    USPS retail ground: 2 to 8 days, ship by Friday, October 30th

Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 25th, 2021

One of the busiest travel weekends of the year, Thanksgiving is celebrated every fourth Thursday of November. USPS stores countrywide will be closed with no delivery.

It’s recommended that shipments arrive by Tuesday, November 23rd. It’s important to check with your local branch to learn the USPS holiday hours. The estimated USPS holiday shipping deadline for Thanksgiving is as follows:  

USPS Priority Mail Express: Next day, ship by Monday, November 22nd

Priority Mail: 1-3 days, ship by Friday, November 19th

First-class Mail: 1-3 days, ship by Friday, November 19th

USPS media mail: 2 to 8 days, ship by Friday, November 12th

USPS retail ground: 2 to 8 days, ship by Friday, November 12th

Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2021

Friday, November 26th and Monday, November 29th

Two of the busiest shopping days of the year, Black Friday arrives right after Thanksgiving with  Cyber Monday the next Monday. eCommerce merchants experience high volumes of orders during this weekend rush due to the numerous sales and deals offered across the industry.

In most situations, sales are extended the whole week with heightened shipping volumes all through; unlike other holidays, this is considered one of the busiest times for shipping couriers.

To help fulfill shipping volumes, USPS maintains its normal operations for both ground and air services. Since customers may make purchases on Black Friday or during cyber Monday, you shouldn’t be worried about deliveries as the courier will ship in the course of the week. Be sure to check the USPS holiday hours at your local branch during this busy season.  

Related: 2020 UPS Holiday Schedule

Deliver Holiday Orders on Time with the USPS Holidays Schedule

USPS is a reliable, affordable courier for shipping during the holiday season. Knowing the USPS holidays 2021 schedule and recommended USPS holiday shipping deadlines, eCommerce merchants should have no problem planning ahead, and assuring their shipments arrive to customers on time.

However, given the uncertainty of the continued COVID19 pandemic, there could be future disruptions. Our Covid-19 resources hub can help you align your deliveries so that you can avoid your parcels being delayed by the pandemic.
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This post was updated on Monday, January 5th, 2021 to reflect new information.