National Postal Worker Day
National Postal Worker Day is a holiday that falls on July 1st every year and is a day on which people are encouraged to show appreciation to their mail carrier. It’s a holiday that’s very similar to National Thank A Mail Carrier Day—a holiday that falls on February 4th. Despite the fact that this holiday is somewhat redundant, it is a good day to thank your local mail carrier for doing their job come rain, sleet, sunshine, or snow.
The History of National Postal Worker Day
National Postal Worker Day is a holiday that can be traced all the way back to 1997. This is when postal carriers in the Seattle area established the holiday in order to honor their fellow employees. It wasn’t long after they established this holiday to honor their peers that the general public adopted this holiday to show appreciation to their local mail carrier for all that they do.
Facts About the Postal Service
If you’re eager to learn some interesting facts about the postal service and its workers, then we’re not going to disappoint you. We’ve found quite a few facts about the postal service that we think people will find fascinating.
- Zero tax dollars are used for the operating expenses of the U.S. Postal Service.
- The U.S. Postal Service is funded by the sale of services, products, and most importantly, postage.
- They use over 174 robotics systems to move more than 314,000 mail trays each and every day.
- They employ 40,000 alternative fuel-capable vehicles. Most of these are equipped to use ethanol.
- Every single day, the U.S. Postal Service processes and delivers over 472 million pieces of mail.
- USPS.com has over 7 million visitors a day, making it one of the most frequently visited government sites.
- In 2019, the Postal Store sold over $301 million in stamps at retail sales online.
- A route of the USPS in Arizona uses a mule train to deliver necessary supplies to the Havasupai Indians at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
- As of 2021, anyone can send a letter to any address in the U.S. from any other U.S. address for just 55 cents.
- The USPS is a fundamental service as defined by the U.S. Constitution, 39 U.S.C. §101(a).
- The USPS uses almost 150,000 desktop computers, 31,000 notebook computers, 86,000 printers, and 23,000 smartphones for their communication network.
- The postal service also uses 310,000 handheld scanners and 250,000 phone lines.
Observing National Postal Worker Day
National Postal Worker Day can be observed simply by taking some time out of your day and thanking your mail carrier for everything they do. If that’s not an option for you, you can always use the hashtag #NationalPostalWorkerDay on your social media accounts and do it virtually. Either way, get out there on this day and show a postal worker some love.