Holiday Closures

Public Safety Services

Public safety services such as patrol, fire, and dispatch work around the clock during holidays to ensure our community is safe and secure. Public safety services are available 24/7, 365 days a year. Records (front lobby) and Administration Offices are closed during holidays.

If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

Emergency: 9-1-1 or 650-321-4433
24-hour Dispatch Center (non-emergency): 650-329-2413
Main Business Number (front desk): 650-329-2406 (Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
After hours / weekends: 650-329-2413

Garbage, Recycling, and Compost Pickup

During holiday weeks, if your regular collection day falls on or after one of these holidays, your collection day will be moved to the next day. Friday collection will occur Saturday. For more information on curbside collection services, visit Curbside Collection Services.

Library Hours of Operation

For current hours and closures, please go here.


The City of Palo Alto observes the following list of holidays. Administrative offices and facilities will be closed.

Holiday Date
New Year's Day  Friday, January 1, 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, January 18, 2021
President's Day Monday, February 15, 2021
Memorial Day Monday, May 31, 2021
 Independence Day Sunday, July 04, 2021
Labor Day Monday, September 06, 2021
Columbus Day Monday, October 11, 2021
Veterans Day Thursday, November 11, 2021
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 25, 2021
Thanksgiving Day (Observed) Friday, November 26, 2021
Christmas Day Saturday, December 25, 2021

*City administrative offices and facilities are typically closed for a period of time between Christmas and New Year's.

Note: City offices are typically closed on observed holidays. If a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday and if it falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday.