Post Offices to be Open, Mail Delivered on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

WASHINGTON, DC—Dec. 21, 2011—All Post Offices nationwide will be open on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) and New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31). Most will have shortened retail lobby hours and will close at noon. Mail delivery on those two days will be the same as any other Saturday.

Commercial customers should check with their Business Mail Entry Units for hours of operation.

Each Post Office will post its revised hours of operation for these two days. Customers are encouraged to check online or call (800) ASK-USPS for information about specific locations. In addition, mail should be deposited in blue collection mailboxes before noon for early pickup. Customers requiring postal services later that day are encouraged to contact their local Postmaster.

In observance of the holidays, Post Offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 26, and Monday Jan. 2, 2012. Only Express Mail will be delivered on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day in most major metro areas.

About the USPS
A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation, 150 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With 32,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government,, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $65 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world’s mail. If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 29th in the 2010 Fortune 500. Black Enterprise and Hispanic Business magazines ranked the Postal Service as a leader in workforce diversity. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency six consecutive years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.

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