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The UPS Holiday Schedule 2022 for Shippers

by Sifted Team

Oct 25, 2022

5 min read

UPS Holiday Schedule 2022

Like post offices, banks, and schools, parcel services are closed on holidays to allow employees to spend time with their families. Some postal companies make exceptions by offering pickup and delivery services even on these days via select service levels.

UPS (United Parcel Service) is used by shippers around the world. It is fast, reliable, and provides real-time parcel delivery notifications to its customers. The company offers different service levels based on the needs and requirements of the customer. However, a few national and federal holidays are observed as UPS holidays. This means they don’t offer pickup and delivery services on those days.

So far, UPS hasn’t announced the 2022 cutoff dates for shipping your packages. However, we’ve listed the 2021 shipping deadlines for reference so you can plan accordingly.

ServiceShipping Cutoff DateShipping Cutoff Date (2021)
UPS Ground Shipping®TBAFriday, December 16
UPS 3 Day Select®TBAWednesday, December 21
UPS 2nd Day Air Services®TBAThursday, December 22
UPS Next Day Air Services®TBAFriday, December 23


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UPS Holiday Calendar 2022

UPS pickup and delivery services are available for the following holidays:

Monday, January 17Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, February 14Valentine's Day
Monday, February 21Presidents Day
Friday, April 15Good Friday
Sunday, April 17Easter Sunday
Monday, October 10Columbus Day (Indigenous People's Day)
Friday, November 11Veterans Day
Friday, November 25Black Friday
Saturday, December 24Christmas Eve
Saturday, December 31New Year's Eve

No UPS pick up and delivery service is available for the following holidays:

Sunday, May 8Mother's Day
Monday, May 30Memorial Day
Sunday, June 19Juneteenth
Monday, July 4Independence Day
Monday, September 5Labor Day
Thursday, November 24Thanksgiving Day
Sunday, December 25 and Monday, December 26Christmas Day
Saturday, January 1 and Sunday, January 2New Year's Day

It is important for shippers and businesses to know the UPS holiday operations schedule so they can plan their delivery times accordingly.

In this article, we’ll review the UPS holiday schedule and available shipping services on UPS holidays to help you ensure that your packages are delivered on time.

High Volume Shipping Holidays

UPS has the capacity to handle huge volumes of shipments throughout the year, including on some national and federal holidays. There are six days when UPS doesn’t offer pickup and delivery services in 2022; however, you can use UPS Express Critical® Service to send shipments even on UPS holidays.

Thanksgiving Day

This year, Thanksgiving Day is on November 24. All UPS services will remain closed on Thanksgiving Day except for UPS Custom Critical®.

The holiday schedule of UPS services is given below along with the open and close status of these services for Thanksgiving.

ServiceThanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 24)
UPS® Domestic Ground, Air & InternationalClosed
The UPS Store LocationsClosed
UPS® Forwarding (Air and Ocean)Closed
UPS Express Critical®Available

Black Friday

This year, Black Friday is on November 25. UPS remains open and delivers on Black Friday. All pickup and delivery services will work on Black Friday as any other working day.

Cyber Monday

This year Cyber Monday falls on November 28. UPS pickup and delivery services are open on Cyber Monday, so you can expect your packages to be delivered on this day.

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

UPS doesn’t deliver packages on Christmas Day. However, UPS Express Critical® service will still be available for pickup and delivery on Christmas Day.

UPS delivers on Christmas Eve, December 24. You can expect your UPS® Air, International Air, UPS® Standard, and UPS Ground packages to be delivered on this day.

The 2022 holiday schedule of UPS locations is given below in the table, along with the open and close status of UPS services for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

ServiceChristmas Eve (Saturday, December 24)Christmas Day (Sunday, December 25)Christmas Day - Observed (Monday, December 26)
UPS® Domestic Ground, Air & InternationalOpenClosedClosed
The UPS Store LocationsOpen ClosedLimited Locations
UPS® Forwarding (Air and Ocean)Open ClosedClosed
UPS Express Critical®AvailableAvailableAvailable

Plan for the Holiday Season with Sifted

UPS does not offer pickup and delivery services on some national and federal holidays like Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Having the UPS holiday schedule by your side when planning your package deliveries will ensure that you select the right service speeds and ship just in time for your shipments to reach your customers by the big day.

Sifted Logistics Intelligence allows shippers and businesses to track their relevant shipping metrics and understand performance while substantially reducing their costs.

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Topics: Holiday Shipping, Peak Season, UPS

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