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Most are Open on Friday

Baltimore County government offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26, in recognition of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Health Department clinics and senior centers will be closed and CountyRide vans will not operate. The District and Circuit Courts will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27.

Parking Meters and Libraries

All branches of the Baltimore County Public Library will be closed on Thursday, November 26, and open normal hours the rest of the weekend. Parking meters are free from Thanksgiving Day through Sunday, November 29, in order to promote local holiday shopping.

No Trash or Recycling Collection on Thanksgiving Day; Landfill Closed

Baltimore County residents whose trash or yard materials would normally have been collected on Thursday, November 26, should set it out on Thursday night for collection on Friday, November 27.  Residents whose single stream recycling would normally have been collected on Thursday, November 26, are asked to hold these recyclables until the next scheduled recycling collection day (Thursday, December 3).

Collections of all types may occur later than usual during the week following Thanksgiving. If a collection does not occur on the scheduled day during this period of time, the materials should be left out until collection occurs.

Trash and recycling drop-off centers, including the Eastern Sanitary Landfill, as well as County offices, will be closed on Thursday, November 26. Drop-off centers will be open with normal hours Friday, November 27, and Saturday, November 28.

For more information, residents should visit the Bureau of Solid Waste Management website or call 410-887-2000.

Photo of the 2012 Christmas Tree Lighting CeremonyCounty Executive Kevin Kamenetz

'Twas the Day After Thanksgiving

'Twas the day after Thanksgiving, when all through the mall,

shoppers stood in long lines that reached the back wall.

With walkways too crowded and parking a mess,

Black Friday was causing consumer distress.

When just down the street, there arose such a glow

from the storefront of a local shopkeeper I know.

He invited us in - even offered us chairs -

and was ever so cheerful while he showed off his wares.

He had handcrafted specialties and homemade delights

and gadgets and gizmos.and the best Christmas lights!

He wrapped what we purchased with delicate care,

and we finished our shopping with a few hours to spare!

So, support small business as you shop this December

for the gifts that'll make this a holiday to remember.

And if you really need another good reason,

don't forget - parking is free - so shop local this season!

Baltimore County Free ParkingContributed by Kevin Kamenetz
Baltimore County Executive

Let’s face it. No one likes the holiday hassle of driving around for a parking space, then hauling packages across a huge parking lot. Baltimore County’s holiday gift to harried shoppers is 1,735 free parking spaces during some of the busiest shopping days of the season. Every one of these free parking spaces is near great locally owned shops and restaurants.

Shoppers get two hours of free parking over Thanksgiving weekend, November 22-25, and December 20-25. Just look for the meters decorated with red “free parking” bags in Catonsville, Towson, Parkville, Essex, Pikesville, Arbutus, Stoneleigh, and Dundalk.

Find unique gifts and services, support your local store owners, and do your part to keep the neighborhood economy going strong. 

Check out our holiday parking — then get up, get out and shop local!

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