Does USPS Deliver on New Year’s Eve? What To Know Ahead of the Holidays

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Does USPS deliver on New Year’s Eve? The United States Postal Service does deliver on New Year’s Eve. This is because New Year’s Eve is a Saturday, which is a day of regular operation for USPS. It’s also because the federal government does not recognize Dec. 31 as a federal holiday.

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Does USPS Deliver on New Year’s Day?

USPS never delivers on New Year’s Day. New Year’s Eve may not be recognized as a federal holiday but Jan. 1 is.

In 2022, Jan. 1 falls on a Sunday, a day the USPS would have as a day off anyway. This means New Year’s Day 2023 will be observed on Monday, Jan. 2. Post offices will not deliver, do pick-ups or open store locations on Jan. 1 or Jan. 2, 2023. 

Do Deliveries Happen on New Year’s Eve?

USPS isn’t the only option for package deliveries. While USPS does deliver on New Year’s Eve, keep in mind that there will be no UPS ground delivery or pick-up. The actual UPS stores are open, so customers can still use their services and drop off packages on this date. However, it’s likely that packages dropped off at UPS store locations will be delayed because UPS locations are closed, and all regular services are stopped on New Year’s Day. FedEx , like UPS, has modified delivery options on New Year’s Eve and will be closed on New Year’s Day.

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How To Reduce USPS Shipping Costs

As the holidays approach, customers can take a few steps to reduce their shipping costs, including the following. 

  • Ship early: The best way to save on shipping costs is to get to the post office early. Choose a date that will be convenient to get to the post office and place a reminder somewhere you’ll see every day. 
  • Ask about discounts: If you’re a member of a professional organization like the AARP or AAA, you may be entitled to shipping discounts with private mail carriers.
  • Track progress: After you’ve shipped your package, track its progress online and alert the recipient when the package reaches its destination. This will prevent thieves and “porch pirates” from forcing you to rebuy and reship the item.

Final Thoughts

Most mailing services are available on New Year’s Eve, even if they are restricted by type like UPS — only UPS Air and International Air. However, there are a few steps shoppers can take to ensure that their packages can get to their destination on schedule. Avoid leaving shopping until the last minute, and make a note in your planner or calendar to ship gifts when it’s most convenient — like on the way home from work when you’re already in the car. 

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Information is accurate as of Dec. 28, 2022. 

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