Is There Mail on Labor Day 2020? USPS, UPS, and FedEx Holiday Hours

Today is Labor Day, a day celebrating the American workforce and one of the 10 federal holidays observed across the United States. As it is a federal holiday, some services, including mail delivery and post offices, may be closed or running with modified services.

Does Mail Get Delivered on Labor Day?

As Labor Day is a federal holiday, federal services like USPS may be unavailable as all non-essential federal workers receive a paid day off. Additionally, some services run by private companies, including UPS and FedEx, may be unavailable or running with limited or modified services.

The holiday schedule of mailing companies also varies, but USPS, UPS, and FedEx all observe Labor Day. Most mailing services will not be available today, though critical services will still be running.

USPS Holidays 2020

  • Labor Day: Monday, September 7
  • Columbus Day: Monday, October 12
  • Veterans Day: Wednesday, November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 26
  • Christmas Day: Friday, December 25

Post Offices will be closed and there will be no mail or package deliveries from USPS on Labor Day, September 7.

USPS observes the following holidays and there will be no mail or package deliveries on these dates: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

USPS Mail Delivery
A USPS worker wearing a mask puts envelopes in a mailbox while driving past on August 13, 2020, in Ventnor City, New Jersey. USPS services will not be available on Labor Day as it is a federal holiday. Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty

UPS Holidays 2020

  • Labor Day: Monday, September 7
  • Columbus Day: Monday, October 12
  • Veterans Day: Wednesday, November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 26
  • Christmas Day: Friday, December 25

Most UPS services will be unavailable on Labor Day, September 7, except for UPS Express Critical.

UPS Domestic Ground, Air and International, UPS Freight, and UPS Forwarding (Air and Ocean) services will not be running, and The UPS Store locations will also be closed on Labor Day.

UPS observes the following holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

FedEx Holidays 2020

  • Labor Day: Monday, September 7
  • Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 26
  • Christmas Day: Friday, December 25

Most FedEx services will be unavailable on Labor Day, September 7, except for FedEx Custom Critical.

FedEx observes the following holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Some FedEx services may also be unavailable or closed on other days, such as Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas.

The History of Labor Day

Labor Day is always celebrated on the first Monday in September and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. The U.S. Department of Labor says: "It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country."

The first governmental recognition of Labor Day came through municipal ordinances passed in 1885 and 1886. Then, a movement developed to secure state legislation and the first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887.

In 1887, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York created the Labor Day holiday and by the end of the 1880s, Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania also observed the holiday.

By 1894, 23 more states observed Labor Day and on June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.