Thanksgiving is a federal holiday, which means public institutions, government offices, and most banks are closed on that day.
Many stores are also closed, although some remain open, often operating at reduced hours.
The holiday falls on the last Thursday of the month, and if you’ve been waiting for mail that was due for delivery on November 24, don’t hold your breath.
US Postal Service
Most postal operations will not operate on Thanksgiving Day, only essential services will continue.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) services are closed on Thanksgiving Day, one of 11 annual holidays it observes, which also includes Christmas and New Year’s Day.
However, you can still prepare your Thanksgiving message online if you have a USPS.com account. Through the account you can buy stamps, order boxes and print shipping labels so that when the post office reopens you can drop off your mail without queuing. You can also schedule a parcel pickup through your account.
If you’re just looking to send a letter and small package, mailboxes will remain accessible across the country, so you can drop off the mail and then it’ll be ready for collection when normal delivery and collection services resume on Black Friday, November 25.
Additionally, stamps are also sold at most major supermarkets, which are open during certain federal holidays.
There will be no regular mail delivery, but Priority Mail Express will deliver on November 24, 365 days a year.
USPS branches are also closed on the following federal holidays:
- New Year’s Day (January 1)
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 17)
- Presidents Day (February 21)
- Remembrance Day (May 30)
- June 19 (June 20)
- Independence Day (July 4)
- Labor Day (September 5)
- Columbus Day (October 10)
- Veterans Day (November 11)
- Thanksgiving (November 24)
- Christmas (Monday December 26, because December 25 falls on a Sunday this year)
On Thanksgiving Day, there will be no UPS pickup or delivery services except for UPS Express Critical, which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
UPS stores will also be closed.
All FedEx services, except FedEx Custom Critical, will be closed on November 24.
However, for mail that is already en route, customs clearance at land border crossings between the United States and Canada is available 24 hours a day, every day, subject to the availability of the customs service and the Border Protection (CBP).
Those seeking information on the availability of customs clearance at land border crossings between the United States and Mexico are encouraged to contact a FedEx Trade Networks representative.
These FedEx services that are closed for Thanksgiving:
- FedEx ground
- FedEx home delivery
- FedEx Smart Post
- FedEx Freight
- FedEx office
- FedEx Sales Channels
Check the courier’s website for more information on its services for all holidays.