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Published on June 19, 2024
Minneapolis to Close City Offices in Observance of Juneteenth, Essential Services UnaffectedSource: Unsplash / Evan Wise

Minneapolis is joining cities across the nation in observing Juneteenth, a day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, by closing all city government offices on Wednesday, June 19. This closure includes the central hub for city services, Minneapolis 311, and the Minneapolis Service Center located at 505 Fourth Ave. S. According to city officials, regular operations will resume the following day, Thursday, June 20.

Residents should note that the closure does not impact the city's garbage and recycling services, as pickups will proceed without interruption on June 20, but those needing assistance from the Solid Waste and Recycling customer service office or information line will find operations suspended for the holiday. On a related note, Minneapolis is not forgetting its commitment to providing continuous emergency services; thus, police and fire departments, along with 911 services, will remain unaffected by the Juneteenth observance.

In a nod to the holiday spirit, the city also announced that metered parking spaces are not going to be enforced on June 19. However, caution is still advised for drivers parking in areas managed by the Park Board, the University of Minnesota, or any private organization, because these entities may continue to enforce their parking meters. Emphasized by city spokespeople, it's important to check the specific signage on meters to avoid any parking fines.

Juneteenth, which is formally known as Emancipation Day, is a significant time for reflection on the history and legacy of slavery in the United States; the city's decision to observe the holiday with closures and relaxed parking rules aims to give residents the space to honor and contemplate this profound chapter in American history, as the city joins together in a unified recognition of Juneteenth's importance.