Is There Mail on 4th of July? Services Available on Independence Day

The Fourth of July is a federal holiday, which means several businesses, including postal and courier services, across the country are closed in observance.

All United States Postal Service (USPS) locations will be closed on Independence Day, USPS has confirmed.

"This year, July 4 (the legal public holiday for Independence Day) falls on a Saturday. Post Offices will be closed and there will be no mail or package deliveries," the USPS said in a statement Thursday.

"Due to planned restrictions on transportation availability in observance of the Independence Day holiday, the Postal Service will not accept shipments of live animals July 2-4. Regular acceptance policies and transportation will resume July 6."

FedEx, the courier service, will only be offering its Custom Critical service on July 4, while FedEx will be operating on modified office hours on the same day, according to the company website.

In addition to the two services mentioned above, the courier's Home Delivery service will be offered from July 5, on a modified level offering deliveries only in "Sunday-eligible stations."

All services will resume as normal from July 6. Check your local branch for exact timings.

Amid the ongoing pandemic, the USPS has been resuming work as an "essential service" and "so far experienced only minor operational impacts in the United States as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic," the company noted Thursday.

"We do continue to have a temporary suspension of the guarantee on Priority Mail Express International destined for China and Hong Kong, which has been effective since Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, due to widespread airline cancellations and restrictions into this area.

"In addition, customers may see delays in mail and packages destined to China as well as from China, as well as to and from European countries subject to restricted passenger airline travel. The Postal Service is undertaking all reasonable measures to minimize the impact to our customers."

Last month, FedEx announced service modifications due to the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak, including temporary service suspensions and restrictions.

"FedEx Express economy services from APAC [Asia Pacific] to Europe and Middle East/Indian Subcontinent/ Africa [MEISA] have resumed starting from June 8, 2020. Selected FedEx Economy services from APAC to the rest of the world and TNT Economy services from APAC to worldwide remain temporarily suspended," the company said in a statement.

FedEx also suspended its money-back guarantee for all FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight and FedEx Office services until further notice. It also suspended its signature requirements for most shipments.

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A United States Postal Service mail carrier on a delivery route in El Paso, Texas amid the pandemic on April 30, 2020. Getty Images