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City of Huntsville offices to close Monday for Juneteenth

Published on June 15, 2022

Most City of Huntsville employees will enjoy a day off Monday, June 20, to celebrate Juneteenth National Independence Day.

All municipal offices will close Monday, including Animal Services, Public Transit (Orbit and Access) and Municipal Court. Offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, June 21.

  • Garbage Collection: Residential collection will be delayed one day the week of June 20-24. Residents should leave carts at the curb until they are collected.
  • Parks & Recreation: All facilities will close except splash pads, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Bicentennial Park Splash Pad is currently shut down.
  • Public Safety: Essential police and fire personnel will remain on duty throughout the holiday.

This is the first year the City will observe Juneteenth, which became a federal holiday on June 19, 2021. The Huntsville City Council unanimously approved observing Juneteenth at its July 22, 2021, meeting.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the date enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, learned they were free and the Civil War was over. It is the 11th federal holiday and the first new holiday since the designation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983.