Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the emancipation of slaves in the U.S., was Sunday, June 19th. Because the federal holiday – officially known as Juneteenth National Independence Day – fell on a Sunday, government offices will be closed today (Monday, June 20th).
The U.S. Post Office will also be closed Monday, so mail will not run. Regular mail service will resume on Tuesday. Priority Mail Express items will be delivered Monday.
Postal service employees will be getting the day off Monday.
“Juneteenth National Independence Day will be recognized as a holiday eligible to USPS full-time and part-time career employees,” USPS said.
Despite the federal holiday, UPS and FedEx will be delivering on a normal schedule on Monday.
Juneteenth is the fifth federal holiday of the year, following New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. birthday, President’s Day and Memorial Day. There are six more federal holidays this year: Independence Day (July 4th), Columbus Day (Oct. 10), Veterans Day (Nov. 11), Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24th) and Christmas Day (Observed on Dec. 26th).
According to the USPS, if a holiday falls on a Saturday, for most USPS employees, the preceding Friday will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes. If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it will be observed on a Monday.