County Announces Holiday Schedule for New Year’s Weekend

Montgomery County government will be following a holiday schedule for Saturday, Dec. 31, through Monday, Jan. 2. Here’s a breakdown of closures for facilities, services, buildings and offices for New Year’s weekend.

  • County offices—Closed Dec. 31-Jan. 2.
  • MC 311—Will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30.
  • State offices and courts—Closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 2.
  • State Motor Vehicle Administration offices and Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program stations closed—Closed Jan. 2.
  • Libraries— Closed Jan. 1-2.
  • Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS)—All stores will be open holiday hours on Saturday, Dec 31, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Stores will be closed Jan 1. Stores will be open regular hours on Jan. 2.
  • County-operated COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Clinics—Clinics at UpCounty Regional Services Center in Germantown, Dennis Avenue Center in Silver Spring and the East County Regional Services Center will be open on Monday, Jan. 2. All sites will be closed for testing and vaccinations Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Montgomery College-Rockville campus and Germantown campus testing and vaccination sites will be closed from Dec. 24-Jan. 2.
  • Department of Permitting Services—All offices, including customer service lobby, are closed on Jan. 2.
  • Ride On—Operates a Saturday schedule on Dec. 31. Operates on a Sunday schedule on Jan. 1-2. All schedules can be found at Routes and Schedules.
  • Ride On extRa and Ride On Flex—Not in service Dec 31-Jan 2.
  • Flash—Will operate on a weekend schedule Dec. 31-Jan 2 (Orange Line only).
  • MARC Train and Commuter Bus—See schedules at
  • TRiPS Silver Spring commuter store—Closed Jan. 1-2.
  • TRiPS Mobile Commuter Store—Closed Jan. 1-2.
  • Metrorail—Operating hours on Saturday, Dec. 31, will be extended until 2 a.m. Sunday. All trips will be free for riders entering after 8 p.m. Saturday. Will operate from 7 a.m.-midnight on Sunday, Jan. 1, and Monday, Jan. 2.
  • Metrobus— Operating hours on Saturday, Dec. 31, will be extended until 2 a.m. Sunday All trips will be free for riders after 8 p.m. Saturday. Will operate on its Sunday schedule on Sunday, Jan. 1, and Monday, Jan. 2.
  • Public Parking Garages, Lots, Curbside Meters—Posted rates and restrictions in effect on Dec. 31. Parking is free on Jan 2.
    County-provided trash and recycling collections—Regular collection schedules on Jan. 2.
  • Shady Grove Transfer Station and Recycling Center— 1: Entire facility closed. Jan. 2: Transfer Station and Recycling Center open.
  • Aquatic Centers: Aquatic facilities will be operating on a winter break schedule from Dec. 23 – Jan. 1. Closing at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24 and Saturday, Dec. 31 and closed on Sunday, Dec. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 1.
  • Community Recreation Centers: All closed Monday, Jan. 2. Germantown, Long Branch, North Potomac, Potomac, White Oak and *Wheaton will be open from Dec. 27-Dec. 30 from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. and on Dec. 31 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  [NOTE: *Wheaton will be open 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Dec. 27-30 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Dec. 31.] All other Community Recreation Centers will be closed Sunday, Dec. 25 – Monday, Jan. 2.
  • Senior Centers: Closed Monday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 2. Senior centers will be open between Christmas and New Year’s Day with limited drop-in programming.
  • Montgomery Parks—Visit for complete information. Additional schedule changes:
    • Extended Open Parkways Schedule. The Open Parkways program will be extended during the New Year’s holiday. During this time, parkways are open to pedestrians and bicyclists and closed to motor vehicles. The program changes include: Beach Drive between Connecticut and Knowles Avenue (2.9 miles) from Saturday, Dec. 31, at 9 a.m. until Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 7 a.m. Sligo Creek Parkway between Old Carroll Avenue and Piney Branch Road and between Forest Glen Road and University Boulevard West from Friday, Dec. 30, at 9 a.m. until Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 7 a.m.
    • Montgomery Parks Headquarters and Permit Offices—Closed Jan. 2.
    • Brookside Gardens Visitors Center and Conservatory—Dec. 31-Jan. 1: Visitor Center open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Conservatory open 10 a.m.- to 4 p.m. Garden of Lights open 5:30-9:30 p.m.
    • Black Hill Visitor Center & Nature Programs—Dec. 31: Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Jan. 1.
    • Brookside Nature Center—Dec. 31: Open 1-5 p.m. Closed Jan. 1 (unless visitors are participating in a program).
    • Josiah Henson Museum and Park—Dec. 31: Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Jan. 1.
    • Locust Grove Nature Center—Closed through Jan. 2.
    • Cabin John Ice Rink and Wheaton Ice Arena—Dec. 31: Close at 3 p.m. Jan. 1: Open at noon.
    • Pauline Betz Addie Tennis and Wheaton Indoor Tennis— 31: Close at 3 p.m. Jan. 1: Open noon-6 p.m.
    • South Germantown Driving Range—Dec. 31: Open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed Jan. 1.

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