Happy Groundhog Day, even though it seems like every day is Groundhog Day lately. So, is mail still delivered on Groundhog Day?
Yes, your mail will still be delivered on Groundhog Day, February 2, 2021. The United States Postal Service operates based on the federal holiday calendar, which means that you will still get your mail on Groundhog Day, as it is not an official federal holiday. A list of all federal holidays that the United States Postal Service observes can be found here.
Post Offices Are Also Open on Groundhog Day
Post offices nationwide will also be open on Groundhog Day 2021.
Looking ahead, the United States Postal Service will be closed — meaning no mail delivery and no services available at post offices — this year on February 15 for President’s Day, May 31 for Memorial Day and July 5 in observance of Independence Day, September 6 for Labor Day, October 11 for Columbus Day, November 11 for Veterans Day, November 25 for Thanksgiving and December 25 for Christmas, according to the USPS website.
FedEx & UPS Will Be Delivering
The privately operated United Parcel Service (UPS) and FedEx will also be making pick-ups and deliveries on Groundhog Day. So, if you have a package to send out, you have several options to choose from.
UPS offers a variety of shipping and delivery services, some of which are available even on holidays on which UPS Store locations are closed. A complete UPS holiday operations schedule is available on their website. On Groundhog Day, UPS continues to operate as normal with domestic and international shipping and deliveries, freight services and more.
FedEx will also be delivering and open as normal on Groundhog Day. This includes all of their services, such as FedEx Office, FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Home Delivery, FedEx SmartPost, FedEx Trade Networks, FedEx Freight and FedEx Custom Critical. You may also drop off a package at a FedEx drop-off location near you, such as a Walmart, Target or Kroger. You can find a FedEx drop-off location close to you here.
Looking ahead, FedEx does operate on modified hours during Easter and Good Friday. According to their calendar, FedEx Express and FedEx Freight will be operating with modified services on April 2, which is Good Friday. On April 5, which is Easter Monday, all of FedEx’s services will be fully open and operating. You can find their full holiday schedule here.
There May Be Delays With The Mail Regardless
Even though USPS is fully operating on Groundhog Day, there may still be other delays or impacts on mail delivery due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. According to a recent coronavirus update on the USPS website, “It is still the USPS policy to maintain current delivery schedules nationwide. However, due to COVID-19 and employee availability, there may be temporary delays to some mail delivery.”
If you need to visit a post office on Groundhog Day or any time soon, you can do so safely. As noted on their website, all USPS retail lobbies now have social distancing signs instructing customers to stand six feet apart, as per CDC guidelines. Additionally, USPS asks that no more than 10 people be in a post office lobby at once, and plastic “cough and sneeze guards” have been installed at the retail counters to protect customers and customer-facing employees. Employees may also be wearing face masks according to state mandates and other personal protective equipment if necessary.