PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA — Fourth of July is slated to look different this year due to the ongoing pandemic. Fireworks and many other celebrations in Manassas, Woodbridge and across the county are cancelled, leaving residents to find ways to celebrate at home. But one thing we can count on is a scheduled holiday.
Because July 4 falls on a Saturday, the Independence Day holiday is observed on Friday, July 3. Prince William County government offices will be closed, and other services will have schedule changes.
Many services are already affected by the pandemic. Here are the openings and closings to know around the holiday:
Prince William County government offices: Prince William County Government offices are closed on Friday, July 3. Most government buildings and offices have been closed to the public since late March. See services available for residents online.
City of Manassas government offices: City of Manassas government offices are closed on Friday, July 3.
Animal shelter: The Prince William County Animal Shelter is open by appointment only.
Parks and Recreation: Most outdoor facilities operated by Prince William County Parks, Recreation & Tourism are opening under phase three of Virginia's reopening plan.
OmniRide: OmniRide resumed operating all routes and increase service levels on OmniRide Express buses starting Monday, June 22. Weekday Express service to destinations in Northern Virginia and D.C. is running on a Friday schedule, which is one step down from full-service.
VRE: The Virginia Railway Express will not be operating on Friday, July 3. As Virginia enters phase three on July 1, VRE will continue to run a “S” schedule and require facial coverings. The train service is also encouraging social distancing and using enhanced cleaning practices.
Libraries: All libraries in Prince William County will be closed July 3 and July 4. Contact-free pick-up is now available at every Prince William County Library branch, except the Central Branch. The system's Central branch will be starting contact-free pick-up on July 13. The library systems plans to start offering limited indoor services by appointment at Bull Run, Chinn Park, Haymarket Gainesville, Montclair, and Potomac beginning July 6.
Post offices: Closed on Saturday, July 4.
City of Manassas trash & recycling: Trash and recycling services will be on a regular schedule on July 3. The next household hazardous and eWaste drop off day is July 11 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Residents can continue to find coronavirus-related service changes on Prince William County's website.