Mail service on New Year’s Eve? Will the USPS Post Offices be open December 31, 2012?
San Francisco residents are being greeted by sunny weather Sunday as they gear up for New Year’s Eve tomorrow. Many are planning on heading out to the fireworks show along the Embarcadero. Police have already posted no parking signs and have set up barricades along the waterfront for the New Year’s Eve celebration.
You may be wondering whether you can get those last minute errands done at the Post Office on New Year’s Eve or you might be wondering if you can expect mail delivery on New Year’s Eve.
Will there be mail delivery on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2012?
The answer is yes. There will be mail delivery on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2012. The Postal Holiday will be celebrated strictly on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2013, so you won’t get mail on that day.
For a tour down the Postal Service’s memory lane, click here to a previous story that includes the famous “We deliver for you” commercial.
Are Post Offices open on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2012?
Most will be open, but some will have shortened hours. Here’s the official word from the US Postal Service:
Yes, but they will close early. Here is the official word from USPS:
Post Offices Close Early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
Post Offices nationwide will be open on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, and New Year’s Eve, Monday, Dec. 31. Most Post Offices will shorten retail lobby hours and close at noon on these holiday eves. Regular mail delivery for Dec. 24 and 31 will be unaffected by the change.
Revised hours will be posted at each Post Office. If you are a business customer, please check with your Bulk Mail Entry Unit for specific information regarding holiday hours of operation.
Post Offices will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 25 and Tuesday, Jan. 1. Only Express Mail® will be delivered on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. All Post Offices will be open and regular mail delivery will resume on Wednesday, Dec. 26 and Wednesday, Jan. 2.
Mail from Blue Collection Boxes May Be Collected Early.
Be sure to deposit your mail into all blue collection boxes by noon on Dec. 24 and 31, regardless of the final collection times posted. This means if the final collection time is already before noon (12 p.m.), there will be no change. However, if the final collection time is normally after noon (12 p.m.), mail may be collected early.
If you require a service later on those days, please contact your local Post Office. For contact information, visit Find a Location on USPS.com or call 1-800-ASK-USPS®.
You may have heard something on the news about the US Postal Service slowing down delivery. Don’t worry. That was only a USPS proposal and is not in effect. If you send a card or letter to someone in the Bay Area on New Year’s Eve, it will get delivered on the next delivery day, which will be on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. USPS still promises overnight delivery from one Bay Area address to another.
Mail on New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31, 2012, no mail on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2013.
By the way, the day after New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2013, in addition to being a USPS, it is also a federal, state, and local holiday. Government offices, banks and most businesses will be closed. But many stores will be open. And again, there will be no mail delivery on the day after New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2013, but there will be mail delivery on New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31, 2012.