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Holiday hours

USPS releases operating schedule

Xuan Nguyen, a Fairfax, VA, retail associate, serves a customer recently.

The Postal Service has announced holiday hours for Post Offices and blue collection boxes:

• Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Some Post Offices may have extended hours leading up to the holidays, while others may have limited hours on Thursday, Dec. 24. Although there are no plans for limited hours on Thursday, Dec. 31, customers should always check with their local Post Office for hours of operation.

Blue boxes with final collection times before noon will not be affected by an early closing Dec. 24. If a box has a final collection time after noon, its mail may be picked up earlier.

For mail pickup Dec. 24, customers should put their mail into blue boxes by noon regardless of the final collection times posted on the box.

Customers should use’s Postal Locator tool to find open local Post Offices if they want to mail items after scheduled pickup times on Dec. 24.

• Christmas Day and New Year’s Day: Post Offices nationwide will be closed Friday, Dec. 25, and Friday, Jan. 1.

All Post Offices will be open after the holidays. Regular mail delivery will resume Saturday, Dec. 26, and Saturday, Jan. 2.