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Published on June 22, 2024
New Braunfels Announces July 4 City Office Closures; Essential Services to OperateSource: City of New Braunfels Website

As the nation preps for its grand ol' Fourth of July celebrations, New Braunfels is following suit—but don't expect to renew your driver's license or check out library books that day. The city has announced that a swath of municipal facilities will be taking a day off in honor of Independence Day. According to a city news release, City Hall, Municipal Court, the Public Library, and several other city admin offices will remain closed on July 4, 2024. What's not taking a hiatus, though, are your garbage and recycling services, so no need to let that patriotic party trash pile up.

For those trying to keep fit amidst the festivities, Das Rec has got you covered, albeit with trimmed hours of 8am to 5pm. Swingers and putters might be keen to hit the Landa Park Golf Course at Comal Springs for a morning tournament, but post-competition, the greens will close to prep for the evening's fireworks. Oh, and if you're planning on doing a downtown drive-by, make a mental note that Main Plaza and the surrounding streets will be a no-go zone from the crack of dawn (that's 8:00am, folks) for the Sophienburg Museum's Annual 4th of July Parade and Patriotic Program, with barricades rolling away by around 11:30am.

Despite the closures, some city spaces remain up and running, or at least transparent about how they're phoning it in for the holiday. On the fun side of things, the New Braunfels Civic & Convention Center and an array of community centers including the Westside Community Center and the Fischer Park Nature Education Center will be taking the day off. However, the city assures locals they won't leave you totally high and dry for info, suggesting a visit their website or a quick call to 830-221-4000 for those who can navigate phone trees without succumbing to button-pressing madness.

It appears that New Braunfels is opting for a subdued yet serviceable approach to Independence Day. All the scheduled pauses in official operations seem thoughtfully orchestrated to ensure that when residents aren't reveling in the day's historical significance, they're not utterly inconvenienced. As the city advises on their news page, "There is no change to residential and commercial garbage and recycling collection, with garbage, brush, and recycling collection remaining on their usual schedule." Just a friendly reminder for when the fireworks dust settles and regular life resumes, minus a few soda cans and hot dog wrappers.