Columbus Day / Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2021: what’s open, what’s closed

Whether you call it Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples’ Day, residents of the DC area should be aware of some holiday closures that could impact their Monday.

Whether you call it Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples’ Day, residents of the DC area should be aware of some holiday closures that could impact their Monday.

As a federal holiday, federal government offices are closed, as are the offices of many local jurisdictions.

Some closures are regional. For example, all Virginia and DC Department of Motor Vehicles locations and all Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration locations are closed on Mondays. DC locations will also be closed on Saturday.

Most delays, cancellations, and other changes, such as the Virginia ABC stores that maintain regular hours, are region specific or vary by county.

WTOP has everything you need to know below.

Public transport

Metrobus and Metrorail will operate an additional schedule on Saturdays.

All three MARC train lines will operate on an “R” schedule with reduced service, but all VRE train services are canceled.

The operations of the Maryland Transmit Administration vary depending on whether they are open, modified, or closed; these changes can be viewed online.

Further information on public transport is included below.


Public COVID-19 test sites and the district call center are closed.

While the neighborhood locations of the DC Public Library and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library are closed, the libraries still host virtual programming.

Community centers are closed.

Some libraries in the district are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Anacostia Library, Benning Library, Mt. Pleasant Library, Petworth Library, Southwest, Tenley Library, Woodridge Library, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

While normal classes are held in DC Public Schools on Mondays, students will still have a four-day weekend due to parent-teacher conferences and professional development days last week.

DC Streetcar operates on its regular schedule.

Some DC Circulator routes – Union Station-Georgetown, Rosslyn-Dupont Circle, and Woodley Park-Adams Morgan-McPherson Square – will operate from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. All other DC Circulator routes will operate from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Ticketing and towing for most parking violations are suspended, although tickets for security violations will continue.


Montgomery County

The tribunal de grande instance will be closed.

County public schools will hold classes on Monday. Public libraries will also be open.

The Shady Grove Transfer Station is open and the County Garbage Collection is operating on a regular schedule.

RideOn buses operate on their normal weekday schedule.

Prince George County

All county offices are closed except the public security offices.

The county does not offer bulky waste collection.

TheBus works with the exception of Route51X.

The county has opened testing and vaccination clinics.

Anne Arundel County

Although the county recognizes Indigenous Peoples Day as a statutory holiday, government offices are open.

Regular waste collection will continue.

The public library is open.

Public schools are open.

Some immunization clinics administer injections on Monday.

Charles County

All departmental offices are closed.

Public school students have a day off while parent-teacher conferences are held.

The aquatic center is open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for free swimming, while all school community centers, senior centers and other community places remain closed due to COVID-19.

Waste collection will not be affected.



All city offices are closed and several neighborhood centers are closed or have reduced hours.

The vote of absent persons in person is closed.

Waste / recycling collections are delayed by one day.

DASH buses operate on a Saturday service schedule.

Parking tickets will be suspended in paid and residential spaces; parking that is generally prohibited, such as disabled spaces or loading areas, will always be restricted.

Students in the city’s public schools will not have lessons; it’s a day of professional learning.

All library branches are closed.

Chinquapin Park Recreation and Aquatic Facilities, as well as Charles Houston and Patrick Henry Recreation Centers, will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but all other recreation or nature centers are closed.

All museums are closed in historic Alexandria, with the exception of the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum.

Arlington County

Most Arlington Transit routes are closed, with the exception of routes 42, 45, 51, 55, 77 and 87, which will operate on Saturdays.

Parking meters will not be enforced, but all other parking violations will.

Public schools will not run classes; it is a professional learning day for the staff.

Government offices and the public library are open.

Prince William County

Omni Ride Express buses do not run on Mondays, but all other Omni Ride buses operate normally.

The pupils have time off but the teachers participate in a professional learning day.

Government agencies are open.

The public library is open.

Loudoun County

People who use the Loudoun Country Bus service can be affected by a number of holiday cancellations. On Monday, there will be no commuter bus service or metro connection bus service, and the Loudoun County Courthouse shuttle will not operate. The local fixed route bus service will operate on its regular schedule.

In observance of Indigenous Peoples Day, public schools are closed.

All branches of public libraries are closed.

Fairfax County

A number of Fairfax connector routes will not work – 231, 232, 335, 393, 394, 395, 396, 432, 461, 494, 495, 556, 585, 599, 624, 634, 697, 698, 699, 715, 722, 724 834, 835 and 985. Line 980 will operate on a reduced schedule, arriving every 12 to 15 minutes instead of every six to eight minutes.

Any other Fairfax connector route will work as usual.

CUE buses will operate on their regular schedule.

Students will not have lessons, but teachers will have a staff development day.

The public library is open.

County garbage collection will proceed as scheduled.

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