City Service Changes For July 4th Holiday

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City of Tallahassee Press Release

The City of Tallahassee’s administrative offices will be closed for the Independence Day holiday on Thursday and Friday, July 4 and 5.

Following are schedule changes for the week of June 30 to July 6 for solid waste customers living inside the Tallahassee city limits, StarMetro and the Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center.

Solid Waste Schedule Changes: Garbage / Recycling / Yard Week (blue week) / Bulky Items (blue week) – during the holiday week, customers will receive service as follows:

•Monday customers: no change in service

•Tuesday customers: no change in service

•Wednesday customers: no change in service

•Thursday customers: Friday, July 5

•Friday customers: Saturday, July 6

Garbage and recycling containers should both be rolled to the curb for pickup by 6:30 a.m., with both containers returned to the home no later than the day after the collection day. Customers are reminded to separate yard waste piles from any bulky items set out for pickup.

Customers needing more information may view solid waste schedules at or contact City of Tallahassee Utilities at 891-4YOU (4968).

StarMetro Schedule Changes: StarMetro, the City's mass transit system, will change its operations for the Independence Day holiday, as follows:

•Fixed Route Services: On Thursday, July 4, StarMetro will operate on a Sunday schedule. In addition, StarMetro will provide FREE service between the Koger Center on Capital Circle S.E. and Tom Brown Park for the Celebrate America festivities, 5:30-11 p.m. StarMetro will operate its regular service on Friday, July 5.

•Dial-A-Ride Servies: Dial-a-Ride services will not be operating on Thursday, July 4. Dial-a-Ride will operate its regular service on Friday, July 5. Non-sponsored trips and Dial-a-Ride trip requests for Friday, July 5, must be scheduled by Wednesday, July 3.
For more information, visit or call StarMetro at 891-5200.

Animal Service Center Closed Thursday and Friday: The Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center will be closed on July 4.

On July 5, the Animal Service Center will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (kennels close at 3:30 p.m.). Normal hours will resume on Saturday, July 6, with the Center opening at 10 a.m. Customers needing more information, including photos of animals available for adoption, may visit, or contact the Animal Service Center at 891-2950.

Making July 4 Safe For Your Pets: The day after July 4 can be one of the busiest days of the year for animal control officers and animal shelters due to pets that have gotten loose when frightened by the fireworks and noisy festivities.

Animal control officers pick up panicked pets on the streets, and people find frightened pets and bring them to the animal shelter. To avoid the situation, keep your pets safe indoors at home during holiday fireworks celebrations. If you lose your pet during the holidays, make sure you check for it at the animal shelter immediately.

Here are some other July 4 pet safety tips:

•Never take your pets to fireworks displays. What’s fun for you isn’t necessarily fun for pets. Large crowds and unfamiliar sights and sounds can frighten pets.

•Never leave pets in a car while you enjoy summer activities. With only hot air to breathe inside the car, your pet can suffer serious health problems, even death, within minutes. (Partially opened windows don’t provide sufficient air, but do offer the opportunity for your pet to be stolen.)

•Keep your pet at home inside a sheltered, quiet area during holiday festivities. Leave a TV on to provide background noise.

•Never leave animals chained outside. A frightened animal can become entangled in a chain and get injured--or break the chain and flee.

•Make sure your pet is wearing an ID tag and rabies tag (which is required by law). Having your animal microchipped is also an extremely effective means by which to identify them. Contact your family veterinarian or the Animal Service Center for more information about microchipping your pet.

If you don't have an ID tag for your pet, you may pick up one for free at the ASC during normal business hours, but you must bring your pet with you!

For more information on other holiday safety tips for pets, please visit the City’s website at or call the Animal Service Center at 891-2950.

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