Most people already have plans for how to celebrate the 4th of July, but you might have questions about what is open and what is not – just in case you need a last minute something. Many government buildings and services will be closed so that employees can celebrate the 4th with the rest of us. In fact, with Independence Day falling on a Thursday this year, some places will also be closed Friday.

These are some closings such as parking restrictions that you should be aware of if you are a Bethesda resident:

  • Parking at garages, lots, curbside meters – Free.
  • Department of Liquor Control retail stores – All stores open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Libraries – Closed.
  • Recreation – Aquatics programs and facilities open. The Germantown Indoor Swim Center closes at 3 p.m. All other pools close at 6 p.m. All recreation centers, senior centers and administrative offices are closed.
  • Montgomery Parks – Visit
  • Ride On – Operates on a Saturday schedule.
  • Metrorail and Metrobus – Information available at
  • TRiPS Commuter Store (Silver Spring) – Open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • TRiPS Mobile Commuter Store – Closed.
  • County-Provided Refuse/Recycling Pickup – No County-provided collection services will occur on this day. After the holiday, all County-provided recycling and trash collections will slide and be one day later than normal with the last pickup on Saturday.
  • Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station – Facility closed.
  • County Offices – Closed.
  • State offices and courts – Closed.