LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Is the Post Office open on Veterans Day? Is there mail service on Veterans Day? Post Offices are closed on Veterans Day because it’s a federal holiday, USGS tells news and reminds citizens this week. So on November 11, 2011, there will be no mail service. Malls, mass transit, and grocery stores are open and generally not subject to shorter hours. But Veterans day is on the list of Federal Holidays for 2011.
Each year, Veterans Day prompts a wide level of confusion. Annually, national news tries to clarify the situation. But yet, there is still inconsistent answers from state to state, even city to city, over what exactly is opened on Veterans Day.
In January, the OPM (U.S. Office of Personnel Management) issues that year’s schedule for recognized Federal holidays. In the fall, federal holidays include Labor Day (September 5), Columbus Day (October 10), and Veterans Day (November 11). In the winter, add Thanksgiving Day (November 24) and Christmas Day (December 26).
OPM reminds customers that Veterans Day closes the Post Office and other federal agencies. “Federal law (5 U.S.C. 6103) establishes the following public holidays for Federal employees. Please note that most Federal employees work on a Monday through Friday schedule. For these employees, when a holiday falls on a nonworkday — Saturday or Sunday — the holiday usually is observed on Monday (if the holiday falls on Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday).”
So on Veterans Day, the Post Office will be closed and no mail delivery will exist. Commercial businesses (malls, movie theaters, and mass transport) will all remain open with many offering deep retail discounting.