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Mark calendars for 2020 activities

Letter Carrier Matthew Ackah sorts Stamp Out Hunger food donations at Diamond Farms Post Office in Gaithersburg, MD, in May. The 2020 event will be held May 9.

The new year will bring stamp releases, annual events and other Postal Service activities you should know about.

USPS has announced several planned stamp releases for 2020, beginning with Year of the Rat, the first stamp in the latest Lunar New Year series, on Jan. 11.

Other releases include Big Bend, a new Priority Mail stamp, and Grand Island Ice Caves, a Priority Mail Express stamp (Jan. 18); a Black Heritage stamp honoring journalist Gwen Ifill (Jan. 30); Let’s Celebrate! (Feb. 14); Wild Orchids (Feb. 21); Maine Statehood (March 14); Contemporary Boutonniere and Garden Corsage (April 2); Earth Day (April 18); American Gardens (May 13); and Voices of the Harlem Renaissance (May 21).

The current Combined Federal Campaign is slated to conclude Jan. 12.

The National Postal Forum, the mailing industry’s largest annual meeting, will be held from April 26-29 in Orlando.

National Postal Customer Council Week, an annual event that brings together USPS and industry leaders at meetings across the nation, will be held from Sept. 21-25.

Additionally, National Dog Bite Prevention Week is expected to be held in April, while the Stamp Out Hunger food drive will occur May 9.

Independence Day will fall on a Saturday in 2020, while Christmas Day will be a Friday.

The Holidays & Events page lists other holidays in the new year.

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