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Holiday hours

USPS releases operating schedule

Some Post Offices will have special hours for the holidays.

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 Saturday, Dec. 24. There are currently no plans for limited hours on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31. Customers are advised to 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 on Dec. 24, customers are asked to either put their mail into a blue collection box by noon regardless of the final collection times posted on the box or take their items to one of the more than 34,000 Post Offices.

Customers who are unable to mail items before the scheduled collection box pickup times on Dec. 24 should use the online Postal Locator tool to find Post Office locations that may be open late.

Christmas Day and New Year’s Day: This year, both federal holidays fall on Sunday when Post Offices nationwide are regularly closed. In observance of the two holidays, Post Offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 2. Blue collection boxes will not be serviced these days and there are no residential or business deliveries — except for Priority Mail Express, which is delivered 365 days a year in select locations for an additional fee.

Post Offices will be open for business and regular mail delivery resumes on Tuesday, Dec. 27, and Tuesday, Jan. 3.