Today is Mail Carrier Appreciation Day
If you happen to be home when your mail gets delivered today share a kind word with your mail carrier. Today February 4th is mail carrier appreciation day!
Here are some US postal service fun facts:
- The United States Postal Service (USPS; also known as the Post Office, U.S. Mail, or Postal Service) is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for providing postal service in the United States, including its insular areas and associated states. It is one of the few government agencies explicitly authorized by the United States Constitution.
- The USPS traces its roots to 1775 during the Second Continental Congress, when Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first postmaster general. The Post Office Department was created in 1792 with the passage of the Postal Service Act.
- The United States Postal Service employs some 617,000 workers, making it the third-largest civilian employer in the United States behind the federal government and Walmart.
- The period between Thanksgiving and Christmas is the busiest time of the year for the USPS with the agency delivering a projected 900 million packages during this period in 2018.[