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Post Offices offer extended hours and holiday mailing tips

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

To enhance customer convenience, 25 Post Offices in Mississippi are extending retail service hours on the last two Saturdays before Christmas, Dec. 14 and 21.  Four others usually closed on Saturday will also be open.  Please see the attached list of offices with extended holiday hours.

For ultimate customer convenience, the Postal Service website,, is open 24/7, offering round-the-clock online shipping and postage purchase transactions. Nearly everything traditionally done at a Post Office can now be done online.

Through Click-N-Ship®, customers can mail packages using debit or credit cards and also arrange for packages to be picked up by their carrier, free of charge.  With the Postal Store on, customers can purchase stamps, get holiday shipping information, and order holiday shipping supplies. 

The following helpful pointers will relieve holiday shipping hassles and get those gifts under the tree in time for St. Nick's arrival:

Confirm addresses--Print addresses clearly in all CAPITAL LETTERS, and be sure to include all address elements — apartment numbers, suite numbers, and directional information for streets. For example: 123 S MAIN ST. or 12456 ELM ST. N. Include both "to" and "from" information on packages — and only on one side. Never guess a ZIP Code, use to look it up. Delivery to military APO/FPO/DPOs now requires the complete 9-digit ZIP Code, so verify it with your service member.

Use a sturdy box--Select a box strong enough to protect the contents. Leave space for cushioning inside. Do not reuse mailing boxes — they weaken in the shipping process. Customers can purchase ReadyPost® boxes at a local Post Office or at the Postal Store on  Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes are free and available in several sizes to fit your contents, with most qualifying for automatic free insurance up to $50.

Pack delicately--Cushion contents with shredded or rolled newspaper, bubble wrap,  or foam peanuts. Plain air-popped popcorn is also good for cushioning — it's inexpensive and environmentally friendly. Pack contents tightly to avoid shifting during transit. Always use tape designed for shipping, such as pressure-sensitive tape, nylon-reinforced craft paper tape, or glass-reinforced pressure-sensitive tape. Do not use wrapping paper, string, masking tape, duct tape or cellophane tape. Include a copy of the sender and recipient addresses inside, to help with identification in case the box or label is damaged.

Remove batteries and fragile items--Be sure to take batteries out of toys and electronics. Wrap and place them next to the items in the mailing box. Keep new batteries in the original manufacturer packaging. Stuff hollow glass and fragile items, like vases, with newspaper or packing material to avoid damage. When mailing framed photographs, take the glass out of the frame and wrap it separately.

Mark your calendars—Last, but certainly not least, are the all-important mailing and shipping deadlines. Be sure to take note of the following mail-by dates to have your package arrive in time for the holidays.

  • Dec. 10  APO/FPO Military Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
  • Dec. 10  Priority Mail Express International
  • Dec. 14  Standard Post
  • Dec. 16  Global Express Guaranteed
  • Dec. 17  Priority Mail Express Military Service
  • Dec. 20  First-Class Mail
  • Dec. 21  Priority Mail
  • Dec. 23  Priority Mail Express

The dates listed above are the earliest deadlines for international and military mail. For a complete list of shipping deadlines, visit  Special shipping kits for military mail are available through the USPS website or by calling 1-800-610-8734. The kit comes with two large Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes, four medium Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes, address labels and customs forms.  The large Priority Mail Flat Rate box also qualifies for a $2 discount when sent to APO and FPO addresses. Military mailers should check content restrictions on shipping to certain countries at

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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Mississippi Post Offices offering Extended Hours Dec. 14 & 21

Office                                       Address                                       Hours Dec. 14 & 21

Brandon Main Post Office        1252 West Government St            9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Brandon Reservoir Branch      610 Grants Ferry Rd                       9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Clinton Post Office                100 East Lawson St                         9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Flowood Station                   105 Hogg Creek Dr                           11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Grenada Post Office             2500 Gateway Dr                              8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Jackson Downtown Station    401 East South St                           8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Jackson North Station            4040 Northview Dr                         10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Madison Post Office                990 Highway 51                            9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Meridian Main Post Office       2100 9th St                                   7:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Natchez Main Post Office       214 North Canal St                      9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Olive Branch Post Office         8850 Mid South Dr                       10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Ridgeland Post Office              611 South Pear Orchard Rd          9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Southaven Post Office           7550 Airways Blvd                      8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Vicksburg Post Office              3415 Pemberton Blvd                  9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Yazoo City Post Office           341 North Main St                        9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


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