U.S. Postal Service gearing up for busiest shipping day

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- It is the last weekend before Christmas and people are scrambling to finish up their holiday shopping and ship those gifts off! Employees at the Post Office say over the last few weeks they’ve seen lines out of the door.

Kathryn Harris, who is the Fort Wayne Postmaster, said she doesn’t expect anything less this weekend, as they gear up for the busiest shipping day of the year. Officials expect Monday Dec. 19 is when they expect a rush of people sending gifts. A few days later, Thursday Dec. 22 is expected to the busiest delivery day.

A select few post offices will open Sunday Dec. 18 to help with the high volume of packages.

Fort Wayne – Hazelwood 1800 Hazelwood Ave Fort Wayne 46805 12-4
Fort Wayne – Northbrook 1529 W Dupont Rd Fort Wayne 46825 12-4
Fort Wayne – Northwood 6041 Stellhorn Rd Fort Wayne 46815 12-4

Procrastinators – the last day you can drop holiday packages off at the post office is December 23rd. “Priority Mail Express” will still get them there by Christmas.

Here’s a look at all the U-S Postal Service deadlines.

Mail-by Dates — Domestic Services
• Dec. 15 – USPS Retail Ground
Ground service for less-than-urgent deliveries and oversized packages.
• Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail
Service for standard-sized, single-piece envelopes and small packages weighing up to 13 ounces with delivery in 3 business days or less.
• Dec. 21 – Priority Mail
Domestic service in 1, 2 or 3 business days based on where the package is mailed and where it’s being sent, variety of flat-rate options.
• Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express
Fastest domestic service, guaranteed overnight scheduled delivery to most locations. Some restrictions and exceptions apply. Please note, Priority Mail Express postage refund eligibility is adjusted for shipments mailed between Dec. 22 and Dec. 25.

Complete details on Mailing and Shipping services can be found on usps.com.