Is There Trash Pickup on July 4? Independence Day Garbage Collection

One of the most patriotic holidays, the Fourth of July, is finally here. The cherished federal holiday is when we get together with our families and friends to celebrate the Declaration of Independence.

Independence Day marks America's independence from Britain, commemorating the day when the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Whether it's by hosting a cookout or attending a local parade, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday.

However, as it is a federal holiday, it means many services, such as postal services, will observe it and will be closed.

Other retailers and services will also be observing the holiday, including waste management companies.

Is There Trash Pickup on July 4th?

This will depend on the state and city you live in. Newsweek has rounded up some of the information available on trash pick up:

  • Des Moines, Iowa - According to the city's website there "will be no collection on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Service will run one day late the rest of the week."
  • Southwest Florida - There will also be no yard waste, garbage or recycling collections on Independence Day.
  • Montgomery County, Maryland - According to its website, "county-provided trash and recycling collections are cancelled" on the Fourth of July.
  • New York City, New York - The NYC Department of Sanitation is suspending all garbage collection on Independence Day.
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  • Los Angeles, California - Some locations will have no trash pickup, whilst others will have, depending on the waste collection company. LA Sanitation and Environment's website states that "Athens, Calmet, Ware, and Waste Management will be working on Monday July 4th and there will be no delay in collection. Republic, UWS, and NASA will be closed on Monday, July 4th and collections will be delayed by one day all week long." So if you live in L.A, for an accurate schedule we suggesting checking what company collects your local waste.
  • Nashville, Tennessee - There will be no trash collection throughout the federal holiday.
  • Austin, Texas - There will be a delay in trash collection by a day, meaning there will be no pickup on the 4th, but there will be on Tuesday, July 5th.

For other cities and states, make sure to check your local rules.

Why Is There No Trash Pickup on the 4th of July?

There is very little to no trash pick up on this date as it is a federal holiday and most waste collection companies observe the federal and national holidays.