2020 Stamp Programme
In announcing the USPS 2020 stamp program on 22 October 2019, United States Postal Service Stamp Services Acting Executive Director William Gicker stated, “since 1847, the Postal Service stamp program has celebrated the people, events and cultural milestones unique to the history of the United States. The 2020 stamp subjects continue this rich tradition. These miniature works of art offer something for everyone interested in American history and culture.”
Release dates and locations for many stamps scheduled for release between January and May 2020 were announced by the USPS on 10 December 2020.
Two Priority Mail stamps scheduled for release on 18 January 2020 were announced by the United States Postal Service on 12 December 2020 — Big Bend and Grand Island Ice Caves.
Two additional stamps were announced by the USPS on 30 December 2019 — the Presorted Star stamp (due on 3 February and the Chrysanthemum Global stamp (due 24 April). On 3 April 2020, the USPS announced that the pre-printed USA Flag envelope, originally announced in November 2018, would be released at some point during the year. At the same time, ten designs were announced to honor Japanese American artist Ruth Asawa. These stamps will be issued on 13 August in San Francisco, California.
The Innovations stamps were announced on 7 July. On 28 July, the USPS announced the designs for the 2020 Holiday stamps with the release dates being revealed on 4 August. First-day events for the remaining U.S. issues in 2020 are expected to take place online only.
Despite the lockdown situation throughout much of the United States during the Spring and Summer of 2020, the scheduled stamps have continued to be released albeit without first day of issue ceremonies. The stamps (and first day covers) can be ordered online and obtained at some larger post offices throughout the country.
- 11 January 2020: Lunar New Year — Year of the Rat
- 18 January 2020: Big Bend [Priority Mail]
- 18 January 2020: Grand Island Ice Caves [Priority Mail]
- 23 January 2020: Love Stamp — Made of Hearts
- 30 January 2020: Black Heritage Series — Gwen Iffil
- 03 February 2020: Presorted Star
- 14 February 2020: Let’s Celebrate!
- 21 February 2020: Wild Orchids
- 04 March 2020: Arnold Palmer
- 15 March 2020: Maine Statehood Bicentennial
- 02 April 2020: Contemporary Boutonniere and Garden Corsage
- 18 April 2020: Earth Day
- 24 April 2020: Chrysanthemum [Global Priority Mail]
- 13 May 2020: American Gardens
- 21 May 2020: Voices of the Harlem Renaissance
- 13 June 2020: Enjoy the Great Outdoors
- 15 June 2020: USA Flag Envelope
- 01 July 2020 Hip Hop
- 17 July 2020: Fruits & Vegetables
- 27 July 2020: Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary
- 13 August 2020: Ruth Asawa
- 20 August 2020: Innovations
- 21 August 2020: Thank You
- 26 August 2020: 19th Amendment — Women Vote
- 17 September 2020: Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor
- 24 September 2020 Christmas — Holiday Delights (Frankenmuth, MI)
- 06 October 2020: Hannukah (New Rochelle, NY)
- 13 October 2020: Kwanzaa (Nashville, TN)
- 16 October 2020: Christmas — Winter Scenes [booklet stamps] (Winter Park, FL)
- 20 October 2020: Christmas — Our Lady of Guapulo (New York, NY)
- xx October 2020: Drug-Free America