New Holiday: Alexandria Offices Will Be Closed For Indigenous Peoples’ Day

City Council replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day last month. See what's open and closed in the city right here!

Alexandria, VA – Don’t be alarmed if you’ve noticed something different on the calendar in Alexandria. Last month, the Alexandria City Council unanimously joined more than 130 localities across the country to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day on Oct. 14.

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What’s Open/Closed 

Resource Recovery: Residential refuse and recycling will not be collected on October 14. Collection services will be delayed by one day during the week of October 14. The Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Recycling Center (3224 Colvin St.) will be closed on October 14.

Animal Shelter: The Vola Lawson Animal Shelter will observe holiday hours and will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Animal visiting hours will begin at noon.

Health Facilities: The Alexandria Health Department (4480 King St.), the Flora Krause Casey Health Center (1200 N. Howard St.), and the Teen Wellness Center at T.C. Williams High School (3330 King St.) will be closed on October 14.

Family outing to the Apothecary Museum in Alexandria. Photo by R. Nowitz for Visit Alexandria

Historic Alexandria: On October 14, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum will be open from 1 to 5 p.m., and Alexandria’s History Museum at the Lyceum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Alexandria Black History Museum, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, the Fort Ward Museum and the Friendship Firehouse Museum will be closed on October 14. For more information, visit alexandriava.gov/Historic or call 703.746.4554.

Hotlines: All emergency hotlines operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including the child protective services hotline at 703.746.5800; the domestic violence hotline at 703.746.4911; the emergency services for mental health or substance abuse crisis hotline at 703.746.3401; the adult protective services hotline at 703.746.5778; and the sexual assault hotline at 703.683.7273.

Libraries: All Alexandria Library branches will be closed on October 14. The Alexandria Law Library (520 King St.) will also be closed on October 14.

Parking: On October 14, the Alexandria Police Department will suspend enforcement of parking restrictions at metered spaces, residential permit parking districts and other areas with posted parking time limits. This suspension of enforcement applies only to the restrictions at legal parking spaces, and does not permit parking in any location normally prohibited (for example, no-parking zones, loading zones, or spaces for persons with disabilities). Temporary no-parking signs will be enforced on October 14.

Impound Lot: The City’s Impound Facility (5249 Eisenhower Ave.) will be closed October 14.

Tremain Slaughter and his daughter, Sky, at Africa FEST at Patrick Henry Recreation Center, Sept. 7, 2019. (Photo: James Cullum)

Recreation and Arts Centers: On October 14, Chinquapin Park Recreation Center & Aquatics Facility will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Charles Houston and Patrick Henry Recreation Centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and the Torpedo Factory Art Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All other City recreation and arts centers will be closed on October 14.

Schools: All Alexandria City Public Schools and administrative offices will be closed on October 14.

State Offices: The following Commonwealth of Virginia offices in Alexandria will be closed on October 14: the Circuit Court, Clerk of Circuit Court, General District Court, Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, and the Court Service Unit located in the Alexandria Courthouse (520 King St.); and the Department of Motor Vehicles office (2681 Mill Road).

Transit: On Monday, October 14, Alexandria Transit Company’s DASH bus service will operate on a Saturday schedule. The free King Street Trolley will operate on its Saturday schedule, every 10 to 15 minutes, between the King Street Metro Station and the Potomac River waterfront, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 midnight. For more information, visit dashbus.com.

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