City of Asheville offices to close for Memorial Day holiday; ART buses will run on holiday schedule

City Hall photo with flag
City Hall


The City of Asheville offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day, May 31, a federally designated holiday that honors military personnel who have died in the performance of their military duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  

Here is a roundup of other City services affected by this holiday, as well as information about the Memorial Day observance. 


ART bus service

ART buses will operate on a holiday schedule. For more information about riding the bus, please download the Transit app, visit the City of Asheville Transit webpage or stop by the ART Transit Center,  49 Coxe Ave.


Sanitation services

Sanitation will be closed.  There will be no trash, recycling, or brush collection on Memorial Day, May 31. Sanitation collections will operate Tuesday through Friday instead, so service will run June 1-4. 

The collection day for ALL customers — except for those in the Central Business District — will be one day later than normal this week, so service will run June 1-4. The Central Business District will be serviced on their regular Wednesday schedule.

There will be no scrap metal or appliance collection the first week of June.


Parks & Recreation

All City parks, the WNC Nature Center, Aston Park Tennis Center and the Asheville Municipal Golf Course will be open on a regular schedule.

All recreation and community centers will be closed on Memorial Day.

Riverside Cemetery offices will be closed, though the cemetery will be open until 8 p.m.

Pools will open for the season on June 5. This year, City of Asheville pools will be operated  by Swim Club Management of Asheville. You can find information about times of operation here.

Splasheville remains under construction but should be completed in June. Watch the Asheville Parks & Recreation Facebook page for details on reopening.


Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Ashevill

The Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. Following Memorial Day, the Harrah’s Cherokee Center box office will be closed on Mondays until Labor Day weekend.


Memorial Day ceremony remains virtual 

Because of the continued need for physical distance posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Asheville-Buncombe Memorial Day Ceremony will again be held as a virtual ceremony. The ceremony, planned in concert by the City of Asheville Mayor’s Memorial day Asheville graphicCommittee for Veterans Affairs and  Buncombe County Veterans Council, will be streamed live from Asheville City Hall. Tune into the City of Asheville’s YouTube channel at 11 a.m. Memorial Day, May 31, to view the ceremony live in real time. Following the ceremony, it will be archived for later viewing on the City’s YouTube channel.

Find more details about the ceremony at this link.


Public safety and Water Resources

All public safety services, including police, fire and emergency response, will operate on a normal schedule – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Water Resources staff will be available for water related emergencies 24 hours a day over the holiday weekend.  Customers can call the customer service line at 828-251-1122 to report water related emergencies, leaks, breaks and no water calls.