FedEx observes some government holidays. Do they deliver on Thanksgiving Day? What about the day after, November 24?
According to their official holiday calendar, FedEx won’t have an altered, holiday schedule until the day before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 22.
On that day, FedExes will have different business hours.
On Thanksgiving, all services except 24/7/365 services will be unavailable. Differing hours will continue into the weekend at FedEx locations but will resume officially on Tuesday, November 28.
FedEx will have normal operating hours until Christmastime after that. However, Christmastime starts early for FedEx. On Monday, December 18, FedEx stops its money-back guarantee for shipments until after the New Year, on January 2.
The History of Thanksgiving
The first Thanksgiving between Wampanoag Native Americans and Puritan colonists occurred in 1621 and is sparsely recorded, but forms the basis for the modern celebration. The 3-day celebration occurred in Plymouth, present-day Massachusetts, and was prompted by a good harvest. However, it is unknown if turkey was on the menu. History.com writes:
While no records exist of the exact bill of fare, the Pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow noted in his journal that the colony’s governor, William Bradford, sent four men on a “fowling” mission in preparation for the three-day event. Wild—but not domestic—turkey was indeed plentiful in the region and a common food source for both English settlers and Native Americans. But it is just as likely that the fowling party returned with other birds we know the colonists regularly consumed, such as ducks, geese and swans.
Whatever the menu, the first Thanksgiving did not immediately catch on. It did not become an annual affair until the 1660s and it was not until the American Revolution that George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide thanksgiving celebration on November 26, 1789, “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God.”
It was during the Civil War that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving date as a federal holiday to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, according to Abraham Lincoln Online.