ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Government offices, 50+ centers and animal shelter will be closed in observance of the Juneteenth National Freedom Day holiday on Friday, June 18th. However, regular Friday curbside trash, recycling, food scrap and yard trim collection services will be in effect and the Alpha Ridge Landfill will be open. 

Juneteenth is a historic day for our country, as the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Today, we’re proud to celebrate Juneteenth for the first time as an official County holiday. In Howard County, we know that diversity is our strength, and we are always working to be more equitable and inclusive. That includes making sure that our community has the opportunity to recognize and learn more about this defining day.

Calvin Ball
Howard County Executive

While county parks, Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum, Gary J. Arthur, North Laurel and Roger Carter Community Centers, Meadowbrook Athletic Complex, and Robinson Nature Center will be open on the 18th, Belmont Manor and Historic Park, county historic sites, the Ellicott City Colored School, Restored, Firehouse Museum, Kiwanis-Wallas Hall and the Patapsco Female Institute will be closed. 

The Regional Transportation Agency (RTA) will operate on a regular weekday schedule; for more information on RTA, call 1-800-270-9553 or visit www.transitrta.com. All parking regulations and fees will be in effect.  
The 9-1-1 Center, Police and Fire departments remain staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For emergencies, call 9-1-1; for non-emergencies, call 410-313-2200.

County operations will resume on Monday, June 21st, at regular business hours. Please keep in mind, while most County Government buildings remain closed to the public at this time, Recreation & Parks facilities and historic sites have reopened. Additionally, Howard County 50+ centers have resumed limited, in-person services at 50 percent capacity and by appointment only. To schedule an appointment and/or for more information, call 410-313-5400.

CLOSED on Friday, June 18th                   

  • County Government Offices                                                                          
  • Animal Shelter                                                          
  • 50+ Centers                                                              
  • Belmont Manor and Historic Park
  • County historic sites
  • Ellicott City Colored School, Restored
  • Firehouse Museum
  • Kiwanis-Wallas Hall
  • Patapsco Female Institute

OPEN on Friday, June 18th 

  • All trash, recycling, food scrap and yard trim services
  • Alpha Ridge Landfill
  • Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum
  • County Parks
  • Gary J. Arthur, North Laurel and Roger Carter Community Centers
  • Meadowbrook Athletic Complex
  • Robinson Nature Center
  • RTA regular weekday schedule

All parking regulations and fees will be in effect.


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