June 11, 2021

The City of Virginia Beach Will Recognize Juneteenth on Friday, June 18

Most City offices and facilities will be closed.

Mayor Robert M. "Bobby" Dyer has declared Friday, June 18 a City holiday in observance of Juneteenth (June 19). The City Council will vote on a resolution Tuesday night, June 15, to make it a permanent City Holiday.

Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 that enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, the last of the former Confederate states to abolish slavery, heard that the Civil War had ended and learned that the Emancipation Proclamation had made them free nearly two years earlier.

Virginia Beach is joining the other cities and counties in Hampton Roads, as well as the state, in celebrating Juneteenth, generally considered the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

Most City offices and facilities will be CLOSED Friday, June 18 in observance of Juneteenth. Please note:

  • No change to Friday's waste collection schedule (Waste Management administrative offices will be closed)
  • Landfill and Resource Recovery Center and West Neck Recycling Center will be open Friday, June 18 and closed on Saturday, June 19
  • Public Libraries will be closed June 18, open June 19
  • Visitor Information Center at 2100 Parks Ave. will be open June 18, closed June 19

The following City facilities will be OPEN (normal business hours) on Friday, June 18 and Saturday, June 19:

  • All City recreation centers, parks and park facilities
  • The Virginia Aquarium (guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at https://tickets.virginiaaquarium.com)
  • Thoroughgood House
  • Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center
  • Virginia Beach Farmers Market Merchants
    • The Farmers Market administrative offices will be closed
  • 24th and 17th Street Information Kiosks at the Oceanfront and Chesapeake Bay Center at First Landing State Park
  • Lifeguard stands at Sandbridge, Market Place and Little Island Beaches will be staffed with continued active beach patrolling until sunset

The following State offices will also be CLOSED:

  • Virginia Beach Health Department
  • All Virginia Beach Courts and Clerk's Offices
  • Voter Registrar's Office

For information regarding City services and information, contact VB311 Citizen Services by dialing 311 on landlines or cell phone within the city limits, or visit www.VBgov.com for online assistance.

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