Is Mail Delivered on Thanksgiving Day 2017 in the U.S.?

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The question of, “Will mail be delivered on Thanksgiving?” is answered with a giant “No.” All post offices and federal offices will be closed for the holiday, which means that no businesses nor homes will receive mail. This also counts out USPS packages. According to USPS, because it is a federal holiday, all federal offices are closed. However, all federal workers are still paid for the day. Additional holidays on which mail is not delivered are: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday (President’s Day), Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day and Christmas Day.

Fedex and UPS will be closed as well. In fact, you can check out the entire holiday schedule for Fedex by clicking here. According to the official Fedex schedule, “Supply order deliveries (envelopes, boxes, tubes, airbills, etc.) may be delayed for customers and FedEx locations during Thanksgiving week and the three weeks before and during Christmas. If you have an extreme shipping supply emergency during these weeks, please contact your nearest staffed FedEx Express location.” This includes all Ground, Home Delivery, Express and Smart Post shipping. And, any packages that are in transit, will remain in transit until Friday when Fedex reopens. And as for UPS, though it is closed and not operational, UPS Express Critical is available, according to the official UPS site.

For Thanksgiving, all federal offices will be shut down and courts will also be closed. All libraries should be closed, and trash collection should pick back up by Friday. Banks are closed as well. As far as school closings go, they are all closed on Thanksgiving as well as Friday, unless noted by the individual school district. Some schools may make up snow days on Black Friday. Most pharmacies are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday as well. In most areas, parking meters may be free and there are tons of sales and restaurant deals going on, especially with Black Friday coming up the day after Thanksgiving. Local, state and federal offices are all closed for the holiday. This means that the stock market is definitely closed and, according to Syracuse.com, it is only open on Friday until 1 p.m. All banks are closed this year for the holiday as well, though online banking and ATM’s will be working. Any transactions, however, may not post until the following business day.

Thanksgiving is always held on the last Thursday in November, and in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation making Thanksgiving an official national holiday. According to NJ.com, the holiday didn’t always remain on the last Thursday of the month over the years. During the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday up a week in order to help increase retail sales. Then, in 1941, the holiday was moved back to the last Thursday in November again. Welcome Federal Credit Union and the Allegan Credit Union are two credit unions that will definitely be closed on Black Friday 2017.

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