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U.S. Postal Service to close offices, suspend mail delivery on Juneteenth

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WASHINGTON  DC — The United States Postal Service announced that all postal retail locations will be closed and mail delivery services suspended on Wednesday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth, the federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

According to the USPS, there will be no residential or business mail delivery on the holiday. However, Priority Mail Express, a premium service, will continue to be delivered in select areas for an additional fee.

Regular operations, including retail locations and mail delivery, are set to resume on the following business day, Thursday, June 20.

For customers requiring shipping services during the closure, the Postal Service reminds that shipping supplies can be purchased, shipping labels printed, and stamps bought online through their website 24/7, including on holidays. Stamps are also widely available at most major grocery stores, big box retailers, and even some ATMs.

A full list of holidays observed by the Postal Service can be found on their official holidays and events webpage.

Juneteenth, officially recognized as a federal holiday in 2021, marks the anniversary of June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced that all enslaved people were free, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

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