USPS hours and services New Year’s Eve 2021 and New Year’s Day 2022

Much like Christmas, the Post Office is likely to modify its hours and services offered for the New Year this week.

Areas impacted are your local Post Office’s hours and services, the blue collection boxes where people drop off letters, and regular mail delivery.

The good news is that once the New Year passes, the USPS should be back to normal for a while after Christmas and New Year’s.

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New Year’s Eve hours and services for USPS

Local Post Offices will be open on New Year’s Eve, which is Friday, Dec. 31.

Mail will be picked up from the blue boxes on New Year’s Eve.

Regular mail will still be delivered on New Year’s Eve.

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New Year’s Day hours and services for USPS

New Year’s Day is considered a Postal holiday.

This means that all Post Office locations will remain closed for the holiday.

Mail will not be collected from the blue boxes on New Year’s Day.

Related: Mail carriers delivering packages beginning at 6 a.m. to meet holiday demand


Regular mail delivery will not be happening on the holiday, however Priority Mail Express will be.

All services will resume regularly on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022.

What other holidays does the Post Office close?

There were ten days this year that the Post Office did not operate because it’s a federal facility

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  • New Year’s Day: Jan. 1
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Jan. 18
  • Presidents’ Day/Washington’s Birthday: Feb. 15
  • Memorial Day: May 31
  • Independence Day: July 5 (observed, because July 4 falls on a Sunday)
  • Labor Day: Sept. 6
  • Columbus Day: Oct. 11
  • Veterans Day: Nov. 11
  • Thanksgiving: Nov. 25
  • Christmas: Dec. 25

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