DHL Holidays 2021: List and Deadlines

DHL delivers on most holidays, there are some extremely important ones that they cannot just ignore. So, what they do is make a list of their scheduled holidays so that their customers can know them beforehand and plan accordingly. You must make a note of those major holidays on their schedule to be better prepared.

As a client, you should weave your delivery plans around their schedule to save your business and their holidays in the process. With all the host of services they provide, they deserve to stay closed for a few days of the year.

So, with that thought in mind, let’s have a detailed look at the DHL Holiday schedule for the year 2021.


DHL Holidays 2021

To keep yourself updated on DHL Holidays 2021, you must have a good understanding of their holiday schedule But before we go into the details of it, let us first look at the table below to know the important DHL holidays and the dates they fall on in 2021.

Important HolidaysDate 2021Day 2021
Memorial Day31st MayMonday
Independence Day4th JulySunday
Labour Day6th SeptemberMonday
Thanksgiving Day25th NovemberThursday
Black Friday and Cyber Monday26th & 29th NovemberFriday & Monday
Christmas Day25th DecemberSaturday
New Year’s Day1st JanuarySaturday
DHL Holidays 2021

shipping deadlines of DHL holidays

Now, let us have a detailed look at the above holidays and why they are so important for DHL to understand better.

Memorial Day: 31st May 2021 (Monday)

This is an important day in America set aside in honor of the veterans in the military service who sacrificed their lives for the nation’s welfare. 

This is a vital holiday on the DHL schedule since their workforce happens to join the commemoration ceremony. Hence, their offices remain closed, and no pickup or delivery services run on this day.

So, it is advisable that you have your packages mailed in a way that it reaches its destination on or before 29th May.

Holiday Deadlines for Memorial Day on the DHL Schedule:

DHL ServiceEstimated Transit TimeShipping Deadlines
DHL Express Worldwide1-2 Business Days29th May, Saturday
DHL Economic Select1-5 Business Days24th May, Monday
DHL Domestic ExpressNext Business Day29th May, Saturday

Independence Day: 4th July 2021 (Sunday)

This is obviously another significant day in the history of the nation. Entire America will be celebrating this, and so will the people at DHL.

Hence, DHL will again suspend its services from 3rd July to 5th July. The pickup and delivery services will begin from the 6th of July. 

So, if you don’t want to wait that long, it is better to have your shipments delivered before the 3rd of July.

Holiday Deadlines for Independence Day on the DHL Schedule:

DHL ServiceEstimated Transit TimeShipping Deadlines
DHL Express Worldwide1-2 Business Days1st July, Thursday
DHL Economic Select1-5 Business Days28th June, Monday
DHL Domestic ExpressNext Business Day1st July, Thursday

Labour Day: 6th September 2021 (Monday)

This is definitely an important holiday that occurs in the schedule of DHL. Labor Day is celebrated to recognize the contribution of the workers. 

So, DHL would like to pay their respect to this day and withhold their services from 4th September to 6th September. Their pickup and delivery services will resume from 7th September.

Hence, you would either have to schedule your deadlines before 4th September or wait until the 7th to have your shipments delivered.

Holiday Deadlines for Labour Day on the DHL Schedule:

DHL ServiceEstimated Transit TimeShipping Deadlines
DHL Express Worldwide1-2 Business Days2nd September, Thursday
DHL Economic Select1-5 Business Days31st August, Tuesday
DHL Domestic ExpressNext Business Day2nd September, Thursday

Thanksgiving Day: 25th November, 2021 (Thursday)

This day marks the beginning of the holiday season. So, the Americans are in a festive mood to celebrate Thanksgiving with a grand feast, offering their gratefulness for the autumn harvest.

DHL would also like to celebrate Thanksgiving with grandeur and hence would close their services on this day. You would have to schedule your deliveries before 24th November if you want them to reach their destination before Thanksgiving.

Holiday Deadlines for Thanksgiving Day on the DHL Schedule:

DHL ServiceEstimated Transit TimeShipping Deadlines
DHL Express Worldwide1-2 Business Days23rd November, Tuesday
DHL Economic Select1-5 Business Days20th November, Saturday
DHL Domestic ExpressNext Business Day24th November, Tuesday

Black Friday and Cyber Monday: 26th & 29th November, 2021

Black Friday and Cyber Monday following Thanksgiving Day, making it to the list of long holidays. Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday is the following Monday.

People are usually in their holiday moods during the year and go on a shopping spree. So, a prominent spike is observed at online shopping sites. Many e-commerce websites conduct major sales during this time and need to get their products delivered to their customers. 

Hence, DHL cannot afford to close their shipping services during these days when they are needed the most. It is a busy time for DHL, and so their services will remain fully operational to cater to the demands of the shopping spikes.


Christmas Day: 25th December 2021 (Saturday)

Christmas is the most celebrated holiday all over the world. And it is, no doubt, the much-awaited time of the year for the Americans, who celebrates it with great pomp and show.

So, the DHL will also take a break on 25th December to celebrate Christmas. However, their services will be operational until Christmas Eve, i.e., 24th December. 

You can plan your schedule accordingly if you want your shipments to reach before Christmas.

Holiday Deadlines for Christmas Day on the DHL Schedule:

DHL ServiceEstimated Transit TimeShipping Deadlines
DHL Express Worldwide1-2 Business Days22nd December, Wednesday
DHL Economic Select1-5 Business Days19th December, Sunday
    DHL Domestic ExpressNext Business Day23rd December, Thursday
    DSmart Mail Expedited MaxUp to 8 days17th December, Friday
    Smart Mail ExpeditedUp to 10 days15th December, Wednesday
Smart Mail GroundUp to 15 days11th December, Saturday

New Year’s Day: 1st January 2022 (Saturday)

Another major holiday that immediately follows Christmas is the New Year, which is again celebrated worldwide. So, DHL suspends its services to take a break and welcome the New Year.

DHL closes its offices on January 1st, but its services will be operational until New Year’s Eve, i.e., till 31st December. So, if you have any major deliveries to be made, you should do it before the New Year arrives.   

DHL Holidays 2021 Deadlines for New Year’s Day

DHL ServiceEstimated Transit TimeShipping Deadlines
DHL Express Worldwide1-2 Business Days28th December, Tuesday
DHL Economic Select1-5 Business Days26th December, Sunday
DHL Domestic ExpressNext Business Day30th December, Thursday
DSmart Mail Expedited MaxUp to 8 days24th December, Friday
Smart Mail ExpeditedUp to 10 days22nd December, Wednesday
Smart Mail GroundUp to 15 days18th December, Saturday

So, that’s all you need to know about the scheduled DHL Holidays 2021 to plan your deadlines and avoid facing any inconvenience. Make sure that you align your plan with the DHL Holiday schedule so that you never miss their services, and you will be good to go.

Jaren worked for nearly 10 years in the industry. He started his career with FedEx but he later also worked with companies like USPS and Deutsche Post.

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