USPS will be closed June 20 in observance of Juneteenth

Post offices will be closed across the country on Monday due to June 16th. This is the first time the USPS has closed to mark the holiday.

Juneteenth celebrates the day the last of the enslaved people of Texas learned they were free on June 19, 1865, almost two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation which declared that all enslaved people in states prosecuted by of the Union had separated, “should”. be free” during the civil war. In 2021, June 16 officially became a federal holiday in the United States after President Joe Biden signed into law the June 16 National Independence Day Act.

In a statement released last year, the US Postal Service (USPS) said that while it fully supports the new federal holiday, short notice deadlines mean it cannot halt operations to celebrate June 19, 2021 nationwide, post offices said across the country stayed open that day. But will the post office be closed this year for the June 16th holiday?

THE QUESTION

Will the USPS close on June 20th in celebration of June 12th?

THE SOURCES

THE ANSWER

This is true.

Yes, the USPS will be closing on June 20th in celebration of June 16th.

WHAT WE FOUND

June 16th, which falls on a Sunday this year, is observed nationally on Monday June 20th.

In an email, a USPS spokesman told VERIFY, “Post offices will be closed on June 20 for the June 16 holiday.” Information on Juneteenth-related holiday closures will also be posted on the USPS website.

In February, the USPS also revised its Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) to add compliance with June 16 as a federal holiday, according to the USPS Policies, Procedures, and Forms Updates webpage.

“Starting in 2022, the Postal Service will recognize the 16th National Independence Day as a holiday eligible for full-time and part-time employees,” writes the USPS.

In addition to the post office, other federal offices and services will also remain closed on June 20 due to June 16.

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