Martin Luther King Jr. holiday schedule of City services

UPDATED for 2020:  City Hall and most municipal offices will be closed on Jan. 20,  in observation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. Public safety and emergency services will remain in operation.

But do you have to take out the trash on the MLK holiday? No.

Recycling and garbage will not be collected on Monday, Jan. 20. Residents who normally receive a collection service on a Monday or Tuesday will slide to one day later. Monday collections will be picked up on Tuesday, Jan. 21, and Tuesday collections will be picked up on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Wednesday collection will continue as scheduled. 

When he was killed, Dr. King had come to Memphis to lead a nonviolent demonstration in support of the striking sanitation workers. In honor of that, San Antonio's MLK March has historically been led by a sanitation truck from the city's Department of Solid Waste Management, as you can see in this 2010 photo:


  • Police will be on duty
  • SAPD’s detention center and the magistrate court will remain open
  • Fire and EMS personnel will be on duty
  • 3-1-1 Call Center will be operational from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Animal Care Officers will be on duty
  • Animal Care Services Lobby and Adoption Center will be open; PetShotz low cost vaccination clinic will be open from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Code Enforcement Officers will be available for inspections and emergency coverage
  • Downtown parking visitors will enjoy an on-street parking meter holiday
  • La Villita shops will be open
  • Market Square will be open
  • All City parks will be open



  • SAPD’s Administration and Records Section
  • SAFD Administrative Offices
  • San Antonio Municipal Court
  • All Metro Health clinics
  • All Senior/Adult Comprehensive Centers and Senior Nutrition Sites
  • Willie Velasquez and Claude Black community centers
  • Child Care Services administrative offices
  • Head Start administrative offices and school district sites
  • Pre-K 4 SA schools, CEO and corporate office 
  • Dead animal collection crews will be off duty
  • Recycling, organics recycling and garbage for Monday, Jan. 20 will be collected on Tuesday, Jan. 21 and those regularly scheduled on Tuesday, Jan. 21 will be collected Wednesday, Jan. 22
  • Bitters and Nelson Gardens Brush Recycling
  • Bulky waste collection centers and household hazardous waste sites (Frio City Rd., Rigsby and Culebra)
  • The Darner Headquarters and Park Reservations Office
  • City of San Antonio Community Centers, Adult and Senior Centers, the Natatorium, McFarlin Tennis Center and Barrera Community Fitness Center
  • Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center
  • Office of the City Clerk, Passports, Vital Records and Municipal Archives and Records
  • Alamodome Administrative Office and Box Office
  • Central Library and all branch libraries
  • Development Services Department
  • Office of Historic Preservation
  • Planning Department
  • The Carver Community Cultural Center
  • Neighborhood and Housing Services Department
  • Spanish Governor’s Palace will be closed
  • La Villita and Market Square Administrative Offices
  • Centro de Artes Gallery at Market Square
  • Culture Commons Gallery at Plaza de Armas