Established in 1997, National Postal Worker Day is annually celebrated on July 1st. This is a day to appreciate and thank the numerous men and women that work consistently and diligently to help us send and receive all of our mail and packages. These employees suffer some of the harshest working conditions, yet continue to persevere six, even seven, days a week.
Across the United States, postal workers walk an average of 4 to 8 miles carrying a full load of letters and packages, delivering them promptly to each of our doorsteps. Approximately 490,000 postal workers across the United States head out each day to our residences and businesses. Regardless of the weather, postal workers deliver all week long. Even when temperatures fluctuate from extreme heat and cold, the mail arrives. In the rain, sleet and blizzards, too, the mail gets delivered.
Besides severe weather, dealing with unusual packages is also part of the job. In 1913, the Postal Service started delivering packages up to a maximum of 11 pounds. The most surprising package to arrive for delivery was a small child. Barely under the weight limit, James Beagle was mailed. For a cost of 15 cents, a postal worker delivered young Beagle to his grandmother just a few miles away. This practice continued for just over a year. By then, the postmaster general put regulations in place prohibiting it.
Today, almost 100,00 Veterans currently work for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).
Here are a few things you can do to observe National Postal Worker Day:
- Thank your local postal worker.
- Encourage others to get the word out and focus on making every postal worker’s day a little better.
- Contact the postal service and let them know how much you appreciate postal workers and the work they do.
- Use #NationalPostalWorkerDay on social media to send a shout out to your favorite postal worker.