What’s Open, Closed On New Year’s Day 2021 In Sarasota

Tiffany Razzano
·4 min read

SARASOTA COUNTY, FL — On New Year’s Day, residents in Sarasota County will leave behind a year marked by unprecedented hardship and challenges. After spending much of the year navigating the once-in-a-lifetime coronavirus pandemic, many will no doubt welcome 2021 with open arms.

As we ring in the new year in our town, many local facilities and government offices will take the day off to recognize the start of the new year.

Here’s a look at what’s open and closed in Sarasota County on New Year’s:

City of Sarasota government offices: All administrative offices will be closed Friday.

City of Sarasota Solid Waste Department: There will be no garbage, recycling and yard waste pickup on Friday. Collection will be delayed by one day and Friday's collection will take place Saturday.

New Year’s Eve's solid waste collection schedule will be unaffected by the holiday.

Arlington Park and Aquatic Complex: Open 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on New Year’s Eve; closed Friday.

Lido Pool: Remains closed until further notice.

Nature Trails at Bobby Jones Golf Club: The trails will be open regular hours, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. The golf courses are closed until early 2022 for planned renovations.

Payne Park Tennis Center: Open Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Friday.

Robert L. Taylor Community Complex: Open Thursday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Friday. The state-run COVID-19 testing site at this location will also be closed Friday.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall: The box office will be open Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed Friday.

Sarasota County Area Transit: Regular SCAT bus, SCAT Plus and On Demand service will not operate on Friday. Service will resume on Saturday.

Sarasota County Public Libraries: All branch locations will be closed Friday.

Sarasota County Public Schools: Schools are closed through Jan. 4.

Sarasota County COVID-testing sites: Both sites - Robert L. Taylor Community Complex and the drive-through testing site at 5400 Bradenton Road – will be closed Friday.

Sarasota County government offices: All government offices will be closed Friday.

Sarasota County waste services: There will be no garbage, recycling or yard waste pickup on Friday. Friday's pick-up will take place on Saturday. New Year’s Eve pick-up won't be affected by the holiday.

County Chemical Collection Centers: Closed Friday

Central County Landfill: Closed Friday. The landfill will remain open until 5 p.m. Saturday.

Citizen Convenience Center: Closed Friday.

County recreation centers: Closed Friday.

However, if you’re hoping to step out for some socially distanced shopping or dining, there are several stores and chain restaurants that will be open on New Year’s Day.


  • Bed, Bath & Beyond: Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Dick’s Sporting Goods: Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Dillard’s: Some stores open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (varies by mall)

  • Hobby Lobby: Open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Home Depot: Open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • IKEA: Open regular hours.

  • Kohl’s: Open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Lowe’s: Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Macy’s: Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Marshalls: Open regular hours.

  • Neiman Marcus: Open noon to 5 p.m.

  • PetSmart: Open regular hours.

  • Target: Open regular hours.

  • TJ Maxx: Open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Walgreens: Open regular hours.

  • Walmart: Open regular hours.


  • Applebee’s

  • Balducci’s

  • Black Angus Steakhouse

  • Boston Market

  • Buca di Beppo

  • Buffalo Wild Wings

  • Burger King

  • Carl's Jr.

  • Carrabba’s

  • The Cheesecake Factory

  • Chick-fil-A

  • Chili’s

  • Chipotle

  • Cracker Barrel

  • Curry Up Now

  • Denny’s

  • Domino’s

  • Dunkin’

  • Eddie V’s

  • Fogo de Chão

  • Hardee's

  • IHOP

  • KFC

  • Kona Grill

  • Landry’s Kitchen

  • Lettuce Entertain You

  • Maggiano's

  • Mastro’s

  • McDonald’s

  • Metro Diner

  • Morton’s The Steakhouse

  • Olive Garden

  • Panda Express

  • Panera Bread

  • Patxi’s Pizza

  • Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

  • Smith & Wollensky

  • Sonic

  • Starbucks

  • Subway

  • Taco Bell

  • The Capital Grille

  • Waffle House

  • Wahlburgers

  • Yard House

Given the coronavirus pandemic and changing business restrictions in some states, we would encourage you to call ahead to confirm hours at any of these retailers or restaurants.

This article originally appeared on the Sarasota Patch