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Does UPS Observe Veterans Day 2017 for Package Deliveries?

United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) truck makes deliveries July 23, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

UPS observes some government holidays, and this year Veteran's Day falls on Saturday, November 11. This means it is observed the 10th. Will UPS deliver?

According to the official UPS calendar, the answer is yes. UPS won't have a holiday schedule next until Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 23. After that, it's business as usual until Christmas Day, on Monday, December 25. They will again be closed on Monday, January 2 to observe New Year's Day, which falls on a Sunday this year.


UPS gets extremely busy around the holiday season. And while they are not closed much leading up to Christmas, they do have a different year-end schedule. View it here.

What Is Veterans Day?

Veterans Day first began as a celebration to mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. It was known as Armistice Day during its original year of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. However, it was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to include all veterans, from both World War II and the Korean War, which both ended in 1945 and 1953, respectively. According to History.com, "In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day."

This year, because Veterans Day falls on a Saturday, it is observed federally on Friday. If it fell on Sunday, it would have been observed on Monday.

Veterans Day is a day to honor veterans but is not to be confused with Memorial Day, which is in May. Veterans Day celebrates those who served in the military, while Memorial Day honors those who died while serving in the military.

According to Infoplease, 18.8 million are veterans as of 2015. Of that number, 1.6 million are female, 11.6% are black, and 6.8 million of them served in Vietnam. 3.9 million of veterans have service-related disabilities.

This Veterans Day, be sure to thank a veteran for their service.