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Does The United States Deliver Mail On Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017?

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day will take place on Monday, January 16 this year. The annual federal holiday always falls on the third Monday of January, which is close to King’s January 15 birthday. No one did more for the Civil Rights Movement than King, and this holiday is in celebration of his life. King was tragically assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee at just 39-years-old.

MLK Day was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, and the holiday was observed for the first time in 1986. But because people were being stubborn jackasses, it wasn’t recognized in all 50 states as a paid holiday for all state employees until 2000.

If you’re wondering if you’ll get mail on January 16, 2017, let me break everything down for you.


Does The United States Deliver Mail On Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

Out of the three big mail carriers, only the United States Postal Service will be closed on MLK Day. Both FedEx and the United Parcel Service will be open for business as usual. You can check out the holiday schedules for USPS, FedEx, and UPS below.


Additional holidays on which mail is not delivered include:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Christmas
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Labor Day
  • Independence Day (July 4th)
  • President’s Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Memorial Day



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