The newest federal, state and city holiday, Juneteenth, takes place this weekend, meaning many government facilities and services will be closed or have modified hours Monday in observance.

Juneteenth is a day of remembrance dedicated to the last enslaved Black Americans. More than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, the slaves were freed in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865. This year, the holiday will be observed Monday.


In 2021, President Joe Biden made the date a federal holiday, Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state holiday and Seattle and King County have also finalized the date as a holiday for government workers.

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Federal, county and city government facilities including post offices and community centers will be closed Monday. On-street parking will be free in Seattle.


In King County, garbage collection will operate on a normal pickup schedule and transfer stations will be open.

The Vashon Water Taxi will not be in operation. From 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m., the West Seattle Water Taxi will depart from Downtown Seattle every hour on the half hour and from West Seattle every hour on the hour. The connecting #773 and #775 shuttles will have adjusted schedules to meet Water Taxi arrivals in West Seattle. King County Metro transit will run on a holiday service schedule.


In Seattle, all recreational programs, community and learning centers, indoor and outdoor swimming pools will be closed. The Amy Yee Tennis Center, the Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center and the Green Lake Small Craft Center will be closed, according to Seattle Parks and Recreation. Seattle parks, boat ramps, spray parks and golf courses including Interbay, Jackson Park, Jefferson Park and West Seattle will be open.

Juneteenth will also be a free day at Washington state parks, meaning visitors do not have to display a Discover Pass on their vehicles for parking access Sunday.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated that public libraries would be closed Monday. Seattle Public Libraries were closed Sunday for Juneteenth.