King County government offices will be closed to observe Juneteenth. Juneteenth is on June 19. If June 19 falls on a Saturday, Juneteenth will be observed the Friday before. If June 19 falls on a Sunday, Juneteenth will be observed the Monday after. All offices will be back on a normal schedule the following day.
In 2024, Juneteenth will be observed on Wednesday, June 19.
- Buses and transit will run on a regular weekday schedule.
- Water Taxis
- Metro offices will be closed. This includes customer service, lost and found, and pass sales.
District Court, Superior Court, and the Superior Court Clerk’s office will be closed.
- Solid waste facilities and transfer stations will be open.
- Contact your garbage collection service provider for information on collections.
Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 that Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas, with word that the Civil War had ended and that enslaved Africans were now free. Juneteenth became an official holiday for King County employees in 2022.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, and is an opportunity to reflect on and learn about our nation’s history, Black history, our shared history. It is a time to celebrate the vital contributions that Black and African Americans have made – and continue to make – to this country. It is an opportunity to learn from some of the most shameful aspects of our past as we work to create a better future.