Arlington County Holiday Closures

by ARLnow.com December 12, 2011 at 12:15 pm 2,732 10 Comments

The timing of Christmas and New Year’s this year couldn’t be worse for those hoping for a couple of extra days off work.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day fall on a Saturday and a Sunday, as does New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Obviously, most people already get weekends off as a matter of course. Most Arlington County workers, however, will get an extra day off on the Monday following both holiday weekends.

Arlington County administrative offices, libraries, schools, courts, human services offices and nature centers will be closed on Monday, Dec. 26 and Monday, Jan. 2, in addition to being closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

The courts, which are usually closed on weekends, will be closed on Friday, Dec. 23 and Friday, Dec. 30 in addition to the Monday closures. The Arlington Public Schools winter break will keep students out of classrooms from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Several Arlington community centers will be open on Dec. 26, though most — with the exception of Barcroft — will be closed on Jan. 2.

Trash and recycling collections will proceed as usual on Dec. 23, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

See more details on the holiday closures on the Arlington County website.

  • Stoneridge

    Don’t see the problem, it makes for a three-day weekend for most people. It’s 2012-2014, when Christmas and NYD fall in the middle of the week, that people will have to use PTO (if they have it) to create a long weekend off.

  • AllenB

    No different than the federal employees and most private companies. Sounds like Arlnow is trying to stir up controversy where there is none.

    • I think you’re trying to interpret a tone to this article that wasn’t intended. We were trying to make the point that the holidays fall perfectly on weekends this year, then transition to the news that the county holiday closure schedule had been released.

      • AllenB

        I think this sentence gives it that tone of controversy:

        “Most Arlington County workers, however, will get an extra day off on the Monday following both holiday weekends.”

        It’s not just Arlington workers, but nearly all workers in the area. And calling it an “extra day off” sounds like it’s above the normal, when every year nearly everyone gets a day off for Christmas and a day off for New Years.

        • ArlingtonCoutyTaxpayer

          the biggest trick is the New Years Day Holiday because you want that vacation day on the books for the new year, not the old one.
          So if New Year’s is Friday night, you still want it as Monday day-off eventhough it makes more sense to be Friday day-off.

          i saw nothing wrong with the tone of the articles. strangely, the tone of the responders is argumentative, which never happens.

  • Lasky

    Sorry folks, county’s closed. Moose out front shoulda told ya.

    • Roy Wally

      They don’t close Florida….

    • Clark Griswold

      The moose says you’re closed. I say you’re open.

  • ArlRes

    The first two paragraphs argue that the “weekend timing” is bad, and insinuate that the normal employee won’t get a day off for either holiday. The “however” in the reference to Arlington employees is calling them out as separate and unique from “most people”, the subject of the previous sentence. That’s incorrect. Most employees that “already get weekends off as a matter of course”, will also get those same days off.

  • Sue

    Interestingly, Alexandria, Falls Church, and Fairfax, are closed Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, better luck I guess.


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