History of Labor Day in the US
In the year 1887, states of Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York started observing Labor Day holiday to honour the social and economic achievements of workers in America. The US Department of Labor addresses this day as, “It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country”. Here are details about which mail services will run on Labor Day in the US.
In the United States, a postal holiday is a Federal holiday recognized by the United States Postal Service, during which no regular mail is delivered, however Priority Mail Express items will still be delivered as that service functions year round.
Though letter carriers have the day off, some postal workers are required to work on holidays, such as clerks dispatching mail, or those working in plant distribution facilities. Some plant facilities operate 365 days a year. Also, RCAs (Rural Carrier Associate) and CCAs (City Carrier Associate) work every Sunday delivering Amazon packages along with delivering Amazon on holidays.
Part 608, section 3.2 of the DMM (U.S. Domestic Mail Manual) groups holidays into “Widely Observed” and “Not Widely Observed”. Holidays “Widely Observed” include New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Holidays “Not Widely Observed” are Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday; Presidents Day; Columbus Day; and Veterans Day.
If a holiday occurs on Sunday, the holiday will be observed on Monday.
Are banks and the post office open on Labor Day?
Labor Day is a national holiday in recognition of workers across the country. With so many people off work a number of public services will not be operating.Each year the first Monday of September is Labor Day, a national holiday in celebration of the decades-long push for workers’ rights. To mark the occasion the vast majority of workers are given the day off, but this does obviously mean that many businesses and services will not be operating that day.
We take a look at what will and won’t be staying closed for the 139th Labor Day this year…
Are mail services operating on Labor Day?
Labor Day was made a national holiday in 1894 to recognise the contribution made by laborers and other workers in the US. As it is a federal holiday the vast majority of federal workers will be given the day off, meaning that the national mail service will not be in operation.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) and all its post office locations will not be open on Monday.
Anyone hoping to get a package delivered by courier will also have to wait until Tuesday, because both United Parcel Service (UPS) and FedEx will be closed on Labor Day and will be making no deliveries.
Are banks open on Labor Day?
As financial institutions, the vast majority of banks follow the Federal Reserve Schedule which includes Labor Day in its list of observed holidays. The US central bank will not be operating on Monday 6 September, and most high street banks will do the same.
The following banks will definitely be closed on Labor Day:
- Bank of America
- Capital One
- Citizens Bank
- Comerica Bank
- M&T Bank
- PNC Bank
- Santander Bank
- TD Bank
- U.S. Bank
- Wells Fargo
- Zions Bank
Which other public services will be closed on Labor Day?
In recognition of Labor Day, most public services will not be operating on Monday and government offices will be closed at city, state and federal level. Likewise, those working in the judicial system will also have the day off with both federal and state courts not in operation.
Local sanitation workers will also have the day off meaning that there will be no garbage, recycling or organics collection service, and no street cleaning.
One of the few public services that will be functioning on Labor Day is mass transit, with subway, bus and railroad services still running. But bear in mind that they will typically be operating on a Sunday schedule so the frequency and opening hours will likely be reduced.