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County to Observe Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Jan. 20th

Post Date:01/08/2020 12:45 PM

Durham, N.C. – Durham County Government will observe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, January 20, 2020. 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 21st.


To view Durham County Government’s complete holiday schedule, visit the Durham County Government webpage. For updates on County news, events and programs, follow us on Twitter: @DurhamCounty and Facebook: @DurhamCountyGov.


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 20th. Durham County residents with a current 2019-2020 solid waste decal can resume disposal of garbage, recycling, yard waste and bulky items on January 21st beginning at 7 a.m. 


Live Christmas trees are accepted in the yard waste containers at the Bahama, Redwood, and Parkwood Convenience Sites from residents with a current 2019-2020 solid waste decal. All decorations must be removed prior to disposal. Citizens can take used cooking oil to all sites. Only liquid oils will be accepted for collection. Heavier fats, such as griddle grease and animal fat, will not be accepted.


Roadside Recycling Collection

The Durham County roadside recycling collection for the week of January 20th will not change due to the holiday. Customers scheduled for Monday’s collection will receive service on Monday as scheduled. All residents are reminded to set out their recycling carts before 7 a.m. on the day of pick up to avoid a missed collection.


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 20th for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. All active locations will reopen on January 21st 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 on January 20th. Offices will reopen with normal hours of operation on January 21st.


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 20th and will reopen on January 21st.


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 15th annual program is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.


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. This year’s keynote speaker is Executive Director of Made in Durham Casey Steinbacher.


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



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