Holiday happenings

Happy New Year: From here to there, from us to you…

By Tatiana Roy

Postal Service employee delivering mail to a mailbox in the snow.

We delivered the holidays

The U.S. Postal Service delivers more mail and packages than any other post in the world. We serve more than 163 million addresses in this country — covering every state, city and town.

Postal Service employees traveled 1.2 billion miles to deliver your mail, equivalent to 48,191 laps around Earth, 5,023 trips to the moon or 13 trips to the sun.

Everyone living in the United States and its territories has access to postal products and services and pays the same amount for a First-Class Mail postage stamp, regardless of location.

The Postal Service moves mail by planes, hovercraft, trains, trucks, cars, boats, ferries, helicopters, subways, bicycles and feet.

The most unusual mode of delivery used by the Postal Service is the mule train. Since the 1930s, mules have been carrying mail and goods to the Havasupai people inside the Grand Canyon. Up to 22 mules are used daily, along with one wrangler on horseback, six days a week, traveling nine miles down to the Supai Post Office at the bottom of the canyon. It takes three hours to get there and five hours to get back. On the return trip, the wrangler untethers the mules and sends them back on their own.

We make the connections. Friends and families. Businesses and customers. We deliver to every community in America, from the biggest cities to the smallest villages.

Locations such as Islesboro, ME, where a rural carrier travels by ferry to deliver to its residents. Or the remote Lummi Island, WA.

This is our public service mandate — to bind the nation together. This is our commitment — to provide secure, reliable, affordable delivery of mail and packages. It’s what we do! Always have. Always will.

USPS Postmaster van illustration.