Tomorrow, i.e. June 19 (Sunday) will be observed by all Americans as the country’s youngest federal holiday – Juneteenth. Last year, US President Joe Biden signed the bill into law on June 17.
The term “Juneteenth” is the concatenation of two words viz. June and nineteenth which is also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day.
David A. Bateman, an associate professor of Government at Cornell University, opines that Juneteenth should have been officially inaugurated much earlier.
He said, “[T]his country went more than a century and a half either brushing off slavery or pretending it wasn’t that big a deal, and when it did acknowledge anything it did so from the perspective of the white supremacist Jim Crow regimes or of the self-congratulatory Grand Army of the Republic.”
Are Postal Services Open on June 20?
Just like other Federal holidays, the U.S postal service (USPC) will remain closed for business on Monday and mail will not run.
If you are looking forward to sending any mail or package delivered on Monday then you may have to alter your plans as the Postal Service department will not accept any regular mail or packages.
United State Postal Service has released a statement to the media saying they are closed for business on Monday, June 20 to observe Juneteenth. As 19th June happens to be Sunday, it is officially observed on the next calendar day.
“Beginning in 2022, the Postal Service will recognize the Juneteenth National Independence Day as a holiday eligible to full-time and part-time career employees”, the statement read.
While all the brick-and-mortar stores spread across different states are closed, there are few post office services that are available round the clock including on holidays. You can order stamps, print shipping labels, order boxes, and other request package pickups if you have an account with the USPS.com portal.
Stamps are also available in major retail grocery stores, pharmacies, and office supply stores, which is business as usual on a few federal holidays.
FedEx and UPS holidays
Other major parcel delivery companies like FedEx and UPS have their own schedules and operate for a few hours on federal holidays.
FedEx is open for business on Monday as they don’t observe the Juneteenth holiday. UPS will not accept any deliveries except through its Express Critical service. We would urge you to check with your nearby store before visiting the store.
According to the UPS website, it says “locations may have modified business hours”. The majority of the corporations and businesses will be closed across the country as they celebrate the newest federal holiday.
List of 2022 Postal Service Holidays
Here are the Postal Service holidays for 2022:
|Day and Date||Holiday|
|Saturday, Jan. 1||New Year’s Day|
|Monday, Jan. 17||Martin Luther King Jr. Day|
|Monday, Feb. 21||Presidents Day|
|Monday, May 30||Memorial Day|
|Monday, June 20||Juneteenth National Independence Day|
|Monday, July 4||Independence Day|
|Monday, Sept. 5||Labor Day|
|Monday, Oct. 10||Columbus Day|
|Friday, Nov. 11||Veterans Day|
|Thursday, Nov. 24||Thanksgiving|
|Monday, Dec. 26||Christmas|
We wish all our readers a “Happy Juneteenth Day”!
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