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Durham County to Recognize Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Post Date:01/07/2019 2:03 PM

Durham, N.C. – Durham County Government will observe the Martin Luther King Jr., holiday on Monday, January 21, 2019. On this day, non-essential offices for the County will be closed. All County offices will reopen and resume normal hours of operation on Tuesday, January 22nd.


To view the complete 2019 Durham County Government holiday schedule, go here.

Durham County General Services

County Convenience Sites

The Durham County General Services Department will close its four Solid Waste and Recycling Convenience Sites on January 21st. Durham County residents with a current 2018-2019 solid waste decal can resume disposal of garbage, recycling, yard waste and bulky items on January 22nd beginning at 7 a.m. 


A reminder, live Christmas trees are accepted in the yard waste containers at the Bahama, Redwood, and Parkwood Convenience Sites. All decorations must be removed.


Roadside Recycling Collection

The Durham County roadside recycling collection (Schedule B – South of the Eno River) for the week of January 21st will not change due to the holiday. Customers scheduled for Monday’s collection will receive service on Monday as scheduled.


To learn more about Durham County’s solid waste and recycling programs, call (919) 560-0433 or visit

Durham County Department of Public Health

The Durham County Department of Public Health will follow the Durham County Government Martin Luther King Jr., holiday schedule.


For Public Health emergencies during the holiday closure, including communicable disease reporting, environmental health and suspected foodborne illnesses, please call 911 and ask for the Durham County Department of Public Health’s response team member on-call.


For more information about services provided by the Durham County Department of Public Health, call (919) 560-7600 or visit Public Health’s homepage at

Durham County Library

Durham County Library will be closed on January 21st for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The Main Library downtown remains closed for a complete transformation, but all other locations will reopen on January 22nd with regular hours. 


Log on to the Durham County Library website for information about programs and services. Also, be sure to take advantage of the library’s digital collection.


Durham County Social Services

Durham County’s Department of Social Services (DSS) will follow the Durham County Government holiday closing schedule. DSS will close their offices in the Human Services Building on East Main Street, as well as the DSS Child Care Subsidy Office, located at 1201 Briggs Avenue, Suite 101, on January 21st. Offices will reopen with normal hours of operation on January 22nd.


While offices are closed on a holiday, residents should call 911 to report child and/or adult abuse and neglect. An on-call social worker will be notified.  For more information about Durham County’s Department of Social Services visit our website,

Durham County Sheriff

Durham County’s Sheriff Office’s patrol division, as always, is available 24/7. The Sheriff’s Administration and Records Division will be closed on January 21st and will reopen on January 22nd.


If you have an emergency, please call 911 or (919) 560-0900. For more information, visit


Durham City-County Martin Luther King, Jr. Employee Observance Program

Durham City and County governments collaborate annually for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Employee Observance Program. The 14th Annual program is scheduled for noon on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.


Organized each year in celebration of Dr. King’s legacy and progressive ideals, this year’s program will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St., in downtown Durham. Free and open to the public, the event includes remarks from local leaders and elected officials, with musical selections by the Durham City-County MLK Employee Choir. The newly sworn in North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Anita Earls will be the keynote speaker. Justice Earls is a former civil rights attorney and professor.


For more information about the event contact the Durham County Manager’s Office at 919-560-0000 or email