BURKE, VA — Veterans Day, a federal holiday to honor those who have served in the military, will mean some schedule changes around Burke. Fairfax County government offices will be closed, and other services may be affected on Wednesday, Nov. 11.
There will be various ways to celebrate veterans. Nov. 11 marks the opening of the National Museum of the Army at Fort Belvoir. The museum, focused on the 244-year history of the U.S. Army, is free but requires timed entry tickets. It is located at 1775 Liberty Drive on a publicly accessible area of Fort Belvoir.
At Arlington National Cemetery, a Veterans Day observance will be livestreamed starting at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 is also a fee-free day at national parks, and the Fairfax County Park Authority will offer servicemembers and their immediate families free admission to recreation centers. At George Washington's Mount Vernon, active duty, former or retired military personnel receive free admission on Nov. 11.
Below are the schedule changes to know for the holiday in Burke.
Fairfax County government offices: Closed on Nov. 11. See what services are available online.
Burke Centre Conservancy: Veterans Day is a holiday for Burke Centre Conservancy employees.
Fairfax County Public Schools: Students have a two-hour early release on Nov. 11.
State offices: Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court, Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court and Virginia DMV customer service centers are closed on Nov. 11.
Animal shelter: The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is available by appointment only.
Community centers: Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services community centers are operating by reservation only.
Fairfax Connector: The bus service will operate holiday weekday service on Nov. 11. All routes will operate regular weekday service, except Routes 231, 232, 335, 393, 394, 395, 396, 422, 432, 461, 494, 495, 556, 585, 599, 624, 634, 697, 698, 699, 722, 724 and 985, which will not operate. Route 980 will run every 12 to 15 minutes instead of every six to eight minutes.
Libraries: On Nov. 11, Fairfax County Public Library locations are closed.
Metro: Metro trains will run on a Saturday schedule from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Buses will run on a Saturday schedule. See schedules at www.wmata.com/schedules/timetables.
Park authority: Colvin Run Mill Sully Historic Site, E.C. Lawrence nature center, Hidden Oaks nature center, Hidden Pond nature center Huntley Meadows nature center, Green Spring Gardens horticultural center and historic house, and Riverbend Park visitor center are closed. Frying Pan Farm Park visitor center is closed but the farm and indoor arena are open.
Post offices: Veterans Day is observed as a holiday at the U.S. Postal Service.
Recreation centers: RECenters are open regular hours and offer free admission to servicemembers on Nov. 11.
Trash and recycling collection: There is no change for county collection customers on Nov. 11, but the administrative office will be closed. Check with private collectors for holiday schedules.
Trash and recycling centers: The Recycling and Disposal Centers at the I-66 Transfer Station and the I-95 Landfill Complex will be open on Nov. 11.
Virginia Railway Express: VRE does not provide service on Veterans Day.