Columbus Day 2021: What’s closed and open today

American flag (Photo by Aaron Burden/Unsplash)

Columbus Day, also known as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, is today, which means several facilities will be closed to the public to observe the holiday. 

While President Joe Biden and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam have made executive moves in honoring the new name (following a sea of changes by states and cities), Congress would need to follow suit in terms of renaming the federal holiday — or at least create a joint holiday — to fully recognize it.

Notably, Fairfax County had removed the day off from its holiday calendar, meaning operations are largely open. Fairfax County government offices and facilities, including libraries, are open, but courts are closed.

RECenters are open and other parks programming will occur. The Herndon Community Center is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., but the pool and locker rooms are closed.

The Fairfax Connector is running on its holiday service, where several routes are not operating at all.

Metro has also listed a holiday schedule.

You can expect in-person services at most banks to be unavailable, given closings for the federal holiday.

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles locations are among the state entities closed.

Fairfax County Public Schools students have the day off while staff have a professional development day.

Photo by Aaron Burden/Unsplash

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