Rockford Post Office to close at noon on July 3

Noon set as day’s final mail collection

Rockford’s Post Office will close at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 3, 2009, to allow retail employees to spend more time with their families. Noon will be the last collection for mail deposited in blue collection boxes that day. All collection points that have a regularly scheduled collection time prior to 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, July 3, will be collected as scheduled. Regular mail delivery for July 3 will be unaffected by the change.

“As many businesses close early on July 3,” said Postmaster Fred Farage, “the number of customers visiting our lobbies greatly diminishes. We view this as an opportunity to afford retail employees more time with their families by closing retail operations in most of our locations early on July 3.”

Commercial customers are asked to check with their Bulk Mail Acceptance Unit for July 3 hours of operation. To obtain the phone number of a specific post office, customers may call 1-800-ASK-USPS.

Post office retail counters will be closed on Saturday, July 4, 2009 (Independence Day-a federal holiday), and there will be no mail delivery.

Post offices’ retail counters will resume regularly scheduled hours of operation on Monday, July 6.

An independent federal agency, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that visits every address in the nation, 146 million homes and businesses, six days a week. It has 37,000 retail locations and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to pay for operating expenses, not tax dollars. The U.S. Postal Service has annual revenues of $75 billion and delivers nearly half the world’s mail.

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