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NATIONAL THANK A MAIL CARRIER DAY - February 4

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NATIONAL THANK A MAIL CARRIER DAY

National Thank A Mail Carrier Day (also known as Thank a Mailman Day) on February 4th reminds us that someone makes sure the mail gets through 6 days a week 52 weeks a year. The day reminds us just how important mail carriers are to our daily lives. Take time out of your day to thank the mail carrier responsible for delivering your mail.  

The Pony Express riders earned a famous reputation in their short existence. Their motto was “Neither rain, or snow, nor death of night, can keep us from our duty.”  This motto is believed to be taken, in part, from a motto dating back to ancient times. The most popular variation of this motto is “Through rain or snow, or sleet or hail, we’ll carry the mail. We will not fail.”

Fun Facts:
  • In 1775, the Second Continental Congress established the Constitutional Post–the first organized mail service in America.
  • As the nation’s first Postmaster General, Benjamin Franklin established many of the conventions we are accustomed to today.
  • Postage stamps were invented in 1847.
  • On April 3, 1860, the famous Pony Express officially took off.
  • In 1863, free city delivery started, and in 1896, free rural delivery began.
  • In 1963, the Zip Code began.

National Thank a Mail Carrier Day is the perfect time to show your appreciation to your mail carrier.

HOW TO OBSERVE #ThankAMailCarrierDay

National Thank A Mail Carrier Day gives you an opportunity to say thanks to your U.S. Postal Service carrier. One way to celebrate is with a friendly smile or a token of appreciation. Let your mail carrier know how much you value them. At National Day Calendar, we sure appreciate the service our mail carrier, Tim, provides. Thanks, Tim! Give your mail carrier a shout-out on social media using #ThankAMailCarrierDay.

NATIONAL THANK A MAIL CARRIER DAY HISTORY

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Mail Carrier FAQ

Q. How many mail carriers are there in the United States.
A. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 333,570 were employed in the U.S. in 2020.

Q. Which state has the most mail carriers?
A. California leads the country with the most mail carriers followed by Texas, New York, Florida, and Illinois.

Q. When does the mail run?
A. Currently, U.S. mail service is provided Monday through Saturday. There are 11 holidays that the U.S. mail service does not run:

  • New Year’s Day – January 1
  • Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday – Third Monday in January
  • Washington’s Birthday (President’s Day (Third Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day – Last Monday in May
  • Independence Day – July 4
  • Labor Day – First Monday in September
  • Columbus Day – Second Monday in October
  • Veterans Day – November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day – Third Thursday in November
  • Christmas Day – December 25

February 4th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

1789

The Electoral College is convened and casts its votes unanimously electing George Washington as the first President of the United States of America.

1826

Carey & Lea of Philadelphia publishes James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans.

1932

The first Winter Olympic Games outside Europe opens in Lake Placid, New York.

1938

Disney releases the animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

1941

Roy J. Plunkett received patent No. 2,230,654 for the non-stick material called Teflon.

2004

Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes launched the social networking platform called The Facebook.

February 4th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Charles Lindbergh – 1902

In 1927, the American aviator gained international notoriety when he became the first person to fly solo non-stop from across the Atlantic ocean. His flight in his monoplane named Spirit of St. Louis from New York to Paris earned him a prize of $25,000.

Clyde W. Tombaugh – 1906

In 1930, the American astronomer discovered the 9th planet in our solar system – Pluto. It would later be demoted to a dwarf planet in 2006.

Rosa Parks – 1913

The American civil rights activist sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 when she refused to give up her seat in the ‘colored section’ of the bus to a white person.

Betty Friedan – 1921

The noted journalist and activist co-founded the National Organization of Women in 1966.

Honorable Mention

Alice Cooper -1968
Oscar De La Hoya – 1973
Dan Quayle – 1947
John Schuck – 1940