UPS Holidays 2021: Everything You Need To Know

UPS or United Parcel Service shares its holiday calendar each year to ensure that there is no delay in transgression of the parcels when there are holidays in the United States. This is why the UPS Holiday timetable holds a very important place in adjusting the shipping timetable. 

UPS focuses on ensuring its potential customers can transmit packages in the holiday season without any disruption or delays, thanks to its UPS holiday list. Whether it’s New Year, Valentine’s Day, or Christmas, or Black Friday, people will buy a lot of presents and the client must ensure the shipment is in position.

Ups Holidays 2021

This can be difficult for certain online merchants to ensure that their deliveries arrive on time, particularly if couriers are experiencing delays due to the large shipping assignments around the holidays. As a result, if you run an eCommerce shop, you should be aware of the timetable of the UPS holidays for 2021 and the related delivery cutoff dates to ensure that your customers obtain their orders before the deadline during the holidays.


How should sellers prepare for UPS Holidays?

Online holiday shopping has been gradually rising in recent years, and this year will be no exception. In 2020, online holiday shopping produced $35.8 billion in sales, which increased to $190.47 billion in 2021.

According to 2020, Black Friday spending projections, online shopping will total $9.03 billion, up 21.6 % from 2019. Most retailers are aware that a surge in sales is on the way, but the trick to dealing with increased volumes is to plan ahead of time.

Couriers as well as transporters will be rushing to deliver products under tight deadlines, and with high consumer expectations, no mistakes are made.

A fumbled gift may result from a late or damaged shipment, a mistake that customers seldom forgive. Furthermore, errors made during the holiday season have repercussions in the months ahead. So, what should retailers do to get ready?

There are several steps to prepare, but one that needs special attention is shipping. UPS is a popular carrier for holiday delivery, and retailers can adequately set standards with consumers by understanding UPS deadlines and what can be done under extreme pressure.

HolidayDayDateUPS Domestic Ground, Air & InternationalThe UPS Store LocationsUPS Freight (LTL/FTL)UPS Forwarding (Air & Ocean)UPS Express Critical
New Year’s DayFriday1-Jan-21ClosedClosedClosedClosedAvailable
Martin Luther King, Jr. DayMonday18-Jan-21OpenOpenOpenOpenAvailable
Valentine’s DaySunday14-Feb-21ClosedOpenClosedClosedAvailable
President’s DayMonday15-Feb-21OpenOpenOpenOpenAvailable
Good FridayFriday2-Apr-21OpenOpenOpenOpenAvailable
EasterSunday4-Apr-21ClosedLimited Locations3ClosedOpenAvailable
Mother’s DaySunday9-May-21ClosedLimited Locations3ClosedOpenAvailable
Memorial DayMonday31-May-21ClosedClosedClosedClosedAvailable
Independence DateSunday4-Jul-21ClosedClosedClosedClosedAvailable
Independence Day (Observed)Monday5-Jul-21ClosedOpenClosedOpenAvailable
Labor DayMonday6-Sep-21ClosedClosedClosedClosedAvailable
Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Columbus Day)Monday11-Oct-21OpenOpenOpenOpenAvailable
Veterans DayThursday11-Nov-21OpenOpenOpenOpenAvailable
Thanksgiving DayThursday25-Nov-21ClosedClosedClosedClosedAvailable
Day after ThanksgivingFriday26-Nov-21OpenOpenClosedOpenAvailable
Christmas Eve (Observed)Thursday23-Dec-21OpenOpenClosedOpenAvailable
Christmas EveFriday24-Dec-21OpenOpenClosedOpenAvailable
Christmas DaySaturday25-Dec-21ClosedClosedClosedClosedAvailable
New Year’s EveFriday31-Dec-21OpenOpenOpenOpenAvailable
New Year’s DaySaturday1-Jan-22ClosedClosedClosedClosedAvailable

Current year UPS Holiday Schedule: 2021

There are many big holidays that the e-commerce shop owners must be aware of each year. Because online shopping is mostly done during the holidays, you’ll need great deals, enough inventory, and, obviously, a good stripping strategy in place.

Knowing the UPS holiday timetable for 2021 will help figure out when you’ll send the orders to the customers during the holidays; you can also inform your customers of delivery deadlines so they can plan in advance.

You’ll find almost all the details that you require about UPS’s holiday timetable for this year below.

Important UPS Holiday Deadlines

Christmas- December 24-25, 2021

According to the timetable of the UPS holiday in 2021, the courier service will run almost normally on Christmas Eve. Standard delivery of the parcels will occur, but flight shipments should be picked up before 18 December.

Freight transportation services will remain unavailable, and UPS locations will run on a limited timetable. Because Christmas is a significant holiday, the courier person will not provide any sort of pickup services or delivery-related services. However, all the Stores providing UPS Services will remain closed, and no freight transportation services will be available. UPS Express Essential shipments will, of course, continue to be accepted. The following are the UPS cutoff dates during Christmas

●     UPS Ground Shipping: 16 December 

●     UPS 3 Day Select: 19 December 

●     UPS Next Day Air: 18 December

●     UPS 2nd Day Air: 18 December 

New Year- 31 December- 1 January 2021

UPS will run with a minor changed service on New Year’s Eve. Air services must be timetabled by 18 December to receive deliveries; pickups must be timetabled by 18 December. There will be no freight service, and store hours for UPS services will be reduced. There will be no services available on New Year’s Day, except UPS Critical Express.

These are the delivery deadlines to use in case you require your order to get delivered before New Year’s:

●     UPS Ground Shipping: 11 December 2021

●     UPS 3 Day Select: 21 December 2021

●     UPS 2nd Day Air: 22 December 2021

●     UPS Next Day Air: 23 December 2021

Independence Day: 4 July, 2021

Since this year’s big American national holiday falls on a Saturday, the 2021 UPS holiday timetable notes that no UPS delivery or pickup services will be available on that day.

Except for the UPS Express Essential shipments, which will continue to be available, but at an expensive cost. UPS’s shipping cutoffs during Independence Day and their deadlines are as follows:

●     UPS 2nd Day Air: 2 July

●     UPS Next Day Air: 3 July

●     UPS 3 Day Select: 1 July

●     UPS Ground Shipping: 29 June

Labor Day: 6 September, 2021

Some UPS Store outlets will be closed on this holiday; only the items delivery and collection services available have been pre-arranged.

UPS Freight has also closed its doors. Because the holiday is followed, consecutive to a weekend, you’ll want to make sure that the shipments of the Labor Day get delivered by Friday, 3 September. The following are the shipping deadlines:

●     UPS 2nd Day Air: 3 September

●     UPS Next Day Air: 4 September

●     UPS 3 Day Select: 2 September

●     UPS Ground Shipping: 31 August

Columbus Day: 11 October, 2021

Even though Columbus Day, regarded as an official holiday, the timetable of the UPS indicates, the courier service will operate normally during the day. All land, freight, and air shipments will continue normally, and the UPS stores in various locations will remain open. As the shipments will be managed regularly, you won’t need to provide strict delivery cutoff dates for this holiday.

Thanksgiving: 25 November, Thursday

Thanksgiving is a big holiday; as per the UPS holiday timetable for 2021, hence the company will not provide pickup or delivery service during this day. Both UPS ground, air, and freight services will remain suspended during this day, and most UPS store locations will be closed. Only UPS Express Critical, which can be used to export emergency and urgent shipments, is an exception. The deadlines are mentioned below to bear in mind if you want to ship during Thanksgiving:

●     UPS 2nd Day Air: 23 November 

●     UPS Ground Shipping: 20 November 

●     UPS Next Day Air: 24 November 

●     UPS 3 Day Select: 21 November

Black Friday and Cyber Monday: 26 November, and 29 November, respectively.

The day after Thanksgiving is typically Black Friday, which is quickly preceded by Cyber Monday, (the next Monday). Despite the great sales which remain available these days, retailers see a huge increase in online shopping in both cases.

Sales are often increased for a whole week, resulting in massive shipping volumes for many days. It’s known as the busiest time of the year.

To help with this, the courier services will maintain regular air and ground operations on Black Friday and keep the stores open; however, the services offered through freight will remain suspended for that day.

However, you can plan to use the entire suite of services on Cyber Monday (also the other days during the entire week). You shouldn’t have to think about delivery cutoffs this weekend because most orders will be done during Cyber Monday or Black Friday, but not before any holidays.

Final Thoughts

For years, UPS has been regarded as the strongest delivery service provider of parcels in the United States. With the UPS holiday timetable for 2021, various store owners of the eCommerce outlets will take advantage of this well-known service and easily plan for the shipments to get shipped on time to their loved ones or customers for each holiday.


Shipping guy at USPS, previously at Fedex.

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