ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Government offices, courts, animal shelter, 50+ centers and Alpha Ridge Landfill will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday on Monday, July 5th. As there will be no Monday curbside trash, recycling, yard trim or food scraps collection on the 5th, the County’s holiday slide schedule will be in effect for the remainder of the week.

On July 4th, county parks and the Roger Carter Community Center (center closes early at 5:00 p.m.) will be open, the County’s Department of Recreation & Parks’ Cedar Lane and Schooley Mill Activity Rooms, Gary J. Arthur and North Laurel Community Centers, Kiwanis-Wallas Hall, Meadowbrook Athletic Center, Robinson Nature Center and county historic sites (except for the Patapsco Female Institute as it is open for a Shakespeare performance) will be closed. On July 5th, all county parks, community centers and facilities will be open, except for the Robinson Nature Center, which is closed regularly on Mondays.

The Regional Transportation Agency (RTA) will operate on a “Sunday” schedule on Sunday, July 4th and Monday, July 5th. 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, please call 410-313-2200.  

County operations will resume on Tuesday, July 6th, 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 will resume in-person services at full capacity on Thursday, July 1st; however; 50+ centers will be closed on Monday, July 5th. For questions and/or more information about the County’s 50+ centers, call 410-313-5400. 

Closed Sunday, July 4th                 

  • Alpha Ridge Landfill                        
  • County Historic Sites                     
  • Cedar Lane and Schooley Mill Activity Rooms             
  • Gary J. Arthur and North Laurel Community Centers   
  • Kiwanis-Wallas Hall, Meadowbrook Athletic Center    
  • Robinson Nature Center                    

Open on Sunday, July 4th                             

  • County Parks
  • Roger Carter Community Center (closes at 5:00 p.m.)
  • Patapsco Female Institute (open for Shakespeare Performance)
  • RTA “Sunday” Schedule

Closed on Monday, July 5th                 

  • County Government Offices                
  • Courts                                
  • Animal Shelter                                 
  • Alpha Ridge Landfill                     
  • No Trash and Recycling Collection; holiday slide in
  • effect the week of Independence Day
  • RTA Administrative Offices
  • Robinson Nature Center
  • 50+ Centers

Open on Monday, July 5th 

  • County parks
  • Community Centers and Recreational Facilities
  • RTA “Sunday” Schedule
Independence Day
Slide Schedule
July 4th

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