Nov. 24, 2021

Postal Service to Deliver Early in the Morning, Later in the Evening and on Sundays During Holidays

DETROIT, MI — The holidays and online shopping are in full swing. We Are Ready! in the Postal Service to deliver more than 12 billion pieces of mail including between 850 – 950 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. This means our customers will start to see postal employees delivering packages earlier in the morning, later in the evening, and on Sundays.

Evenings become darker earlier presenting a challenge for hidden dangers on sidewalks and porches that may create obstacles for letter carriers.

We ask customers to please turn on your porch light when you are expecting a package so our letter carriers can deliver safely.

“The Postal Service places the safety of its employees and the communities we serve as a top priority,” said District Manager Richard Moreton, Michigan 1 District. “These tips can also help you and your family reduce injuries that can ruin an otherwise good day.”

Following the tips below will not only help keep our carriers safe as they deliver your holiday gifts, but you and your family as well:

  • Keep the carrier path clear of obstacles like leaves, ice, snow and holiday decorations. Make sure doors and porches used by mail carriers are cleared of hazards.
  • If a carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door. Some dogs burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to attack visitors. Dog owners should keep the family pet secured.
  • Never overpack a box. Overpacking can cause the sides or the seams to bulge or break, as well as cause injury to postal employees. If you can’t fit everything in one box, consider getting a larger box or send items in multiple shipments. 

Additional holiday news and information, including all shipping deadlines, can be found at the Postal Service Holiday Newsroom at

The Postal Service generally receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.



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