Vineyard Haven post office extends holiday hours

The Vineyard Haven post office will offer extended hours on Saturday, December 18, with the retail counter open from 9:30 am to 3 pm, instead of 1 pm. Also, package pickup will be available at the Dutch doors in the hallway next to the lobby until 4 pm.

On Monday, December 20, and Tuesday, December 21, the retail counter will be open from 7 am to 5 pm. On December 24, the retail counter closes at noon. The Dutch door in the hallway next to the lobby will remain open until 4 pm for package pickup.

Customers may pick up packages from 7 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday, Vineyard Haven postmaster Joe Massua said.

“We encourage people to pick up packages and retrieve mail from their boxes as soon as possible because we are short on storage space,” Mr. Massua said.

The Chilmark, Edgartown, and Oak Bluffs post offices will keep regular hours until December 24, when they close at noon. Information about the West Tisbury post office was not available by press time.

All Island post offices will be closed on December 25 and 26.

Postal officials advise mailing packages as soon as possible. Mr. Massua said parcel post packages should be sent by December 15, and priority mail by December 21, for Christmas delivery. As of December 22, Express Mail will be the only choice.