Memorial Day 2019: Is There Mail Delivery?

With Memorial Day rapidly approaching – it’s on Monday, May 27 – it’s important to prepare for the holiday. While this includes finding the best deals and buying all the typical barbeque foods, there are some important aspects to keep in mind.

One of those things includes knowing what’s open on Memorial Day – even though it’s a national holiday, it can be hard to tell what’s still operating, and what’s closed for the day. One such service is mail delivery – will you get your mail/packages (or will the person you sent mail/a package to receive it) on Memorial Day?

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Since it’s a federal holiday, mail won’t be delivered on Monday. Additionally, post offices nationwide are closed for the day.

The top major carriers – meaning the ones that are most likely to ship a package to or from you – are also, for the most part, not in operation. However, there are a few exceptions.

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  • The United States Postal Service (USPS) is closed for the holiday, but packages being sent via Express Mail Sunday/Holiday Delivery and Priority Mail Express will be delivered.
  • Another main carrier, the United Parcel Service (UPS), will be closed for Memorial Day, but items sent using UPS Express Critical will still be delivered on the holiday.
  • FedEx will be operating partially from Saturday, May 25 to Tuesday, May 28, with the most closures obviously happening on Memorial Day itself. On the holiday, everything except FedEx Custom Critical will be closed.
  • DHL – including both primary services, eCommerce and Express – will be closed. There is no exception for this carrier.
  • Amazon’s packages will also likely not be delivered on Monday. They ship through the four carriers listed above (USPS, UPS, FedEx and DHL Express), as well as Amazon Logistics, which is their personal carrier, which will be closed on Memorial Day.

That being said, if you want something to arrive by Memorial Day, ship it out as soon as possible so that it has the best chance of getting to your recipient by the weekend, or plan for it to get to them on Tuesday. On the other hand, if you’re expecting to get a package on Memorial Day, prepare for the likely possibility that you’ll get it on Tuesday.

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Memorial Day summary

While we’re at it, here’s a quick reminder of what Memorial Day is and why we celebrate it.

Memorial Day grave stones in a row with a soldier silhouette and an US National flag.

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Memorial Day always happens on the last Monday of the month of May – which is May 27 this year. On this holiday, we memorialize and honor the men and women who have died while serving in the Armed Forces.

Initially called Decoration Day and celebrated on May 30 every year, the holiday was originally declared by General John Logan in 1868. It was started to remember those who had fought and died in the Civil War, but eventually became a day to remember all of the servicemen and women who have died fighting in any war.

According to history.com, “Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.” There’s also a national moment of remembrance that happens at 3 P.M. local time.

Participants of Memorial Day Parade move on the street on May 27, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

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For a more thorough history of Memorial Day – and to learn about if banks are open on Memorial Day, take a look at this other “Memorial Day 2019” article.

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