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Closures, schedule changes and more for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

American Indian celebration at Ben Brenman Park (image via Running Strong for American Indian Youth/Facebook)

It’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a day honoring and celebrating Native American history and culture, and in Alexandria, there are several closures or changes to services.

Alexandria’s DASH bus network is operating on a Saturday schedule today. The King Street Trolley is running from the King Street Metro station to City Hall every 15 minutes from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Alexandria’s recreation centers are closed except the Charles Houston and Patrick Henry rec centers, which are open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

All of Alexandria’s libraries are also closed today.

The courts, DMV, impound lot and schools are all closed today, except for Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School.

The Torpedo Factory Art Center is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today.

The Freedom House Museum, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and Stabler–Leadbeater Apothecary Museum will be open from 1-5 p.m., but all other City museums are closed.

Parking enforcement is suspended today at metered spaces, residential permit parking districts, and other areas with time limits.

“This suspension of enforcement applies only to the restrictions at legal parking spaces and does not permit parking in any location normally prohibited (for example, no-parking zones, loading zones, or spaces for persons with disabilities),” the city said in a release.

For those hoping to use the day to learn a little more about Native American history in Alexandria, the City’s website covers the history of indigenous peoples in the city.

“Despite the past 250 years of construction and development, remnants of the Native American past still remain buried within the city,” the city’s website says. “To date, archaeologists have identified more than 30 sites containing Indian artifacts and features and have registered them with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. The types of artifacts discovered in Alexandria indicate that Indians visited the area beginning about 13,000 years ago.”

Photo via Running Strong for American Indian Youth/Facebook

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