Friday, June 19 is Designated Juneteenth City Holiday

Most offices and facilities will be closed

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

​In keeping with Governor Northam's declaration yesterday designating Juneteenth (Friday, June 19) as a state holiday, Mayor Robert M. "Bobby" Dyer has declared Friday a 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.

"The City of Virginia Beach recognizes the significance of Juneteenth – commemorating the freedom of African Americans in our country - and joins with our community to reflect and celebrate the enduring promise that all are, indeed, created equal," said Mayor Dyer.

Most City offices and facilities will be closed in observance of Juneteenth. The following State offices will also be closed:

  • Virginia Beach Health Department
  • Voter Registrar's Office—closed Friday, open Saturday, June 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the final day of absentee voting for the Tuesday, June 23 Republican Party Primary

The following City facilities will be OPEN:

  • All Virginia Beach city parks and park facilities – 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. COVID-related closures of certain park amenities remain in place. Visit for FAQs and more information.
  • All Virginia Beach Courts and Clerk's Offices
  • The Virginia Aquarium will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets must be purchased online at
  • Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Virginia Beach Farmers Market Merchants – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


  • Friday's trash, yard waste and bulky Item collection has been canceled for Friday, June 19, but will instead be collected on Saturday, June 20.
  • Normal recycling services for Friday, June 19.
  • Landfill and Resource Recovery Center will be closed Friday, June 19, and will reopen on Saturday, June 20, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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 for online assistance.

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