Due to supply chain challenges, cost-cutting plans and memories of 2020’s challenges, the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and UPS have released recommended ship-by dates to ensure deliveries reach their destinations by the holiday.

The three providers have released schedules for the last day to ship, depending on the service, for packages to arrive tot their recipients by December 25. Their domestic schedules are:


November 6: Retail ground service for Air/Army/Fleet/Diplomatic post office addresses
December 9: Priority mail and first-class mail for Air/Army/Fleet/Diplomatic post office addresses
December 15: USPS retail ground service
December 16: Priority mail express military service
December 17: First-class mail service (including holiday greeting cards) and first-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces); and Hawaii to/from mainland — priority mail and first-class mail
December 18: Priority mail service and Alaska to/from Continental U.S. — first-class and priority mail
December 21: Alaska to/from Continental U.S. and Hawaii to/from mainland — priority mail express
December 23: Priority mail express service


December 9: FedEx Ground Economy and FedEx Freight Economy
December 15: FedEx Ground and Home Delivery Contiguous U.S., Alaska and Hawaii; and FedEx Freight Priority and Direct
December 21: FedEx Express Saver and FedEx 3Day Freight
December 22: 2Day & 2Day AM and FedEx 2Day Freight
December 23: FO, PO, SO, Extra Hours and FedEx 1Day Freight
December 24: FedEx Same Day

UPS (For December 24 delivery)

Ground shipping, check the website for information.
December 21: UPS 3 Day Select
December 22: UPS 2nd Day Air services
December 23: UPS Next Day Air services
December 25: No pickup service, UPS holiday