Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council reminded residents today that City Hall will be closed and most non-emergency Newark municipal services will be suspended on Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Police, Fire, and other uniformed emergency services will be unaffected.
Trash and recycling will not be picked up as scheduled for Zone A on Thursday, July 4. Therefore, residents should not put out their trash on Thursday, July 4. Trash pick-up for Zone A will resume on Monday, July 8.
The Department of Health and Community Wellness’s inspection services, transportation for seniors, and health clinic, will not operate on Thursday, July 4. In addition, the Bureau of Vital Statistics will be closed. Residents will not be able to apply for permits, birth certificates, name-change certificates, marriage licenses, nor pay water or tax bills at City Hall. However, the Medical Director and Department’s Division of Surveillance and Prevention are on call for medical and public health emergencies.
The Municipal Court will also be closed on Independence Day. However, a judge will be available to preside over bail hearings for defendants in custody. Residents can make payments on parking and traffic tickets through the website www.njmcdirect.com. To utilize this website, residents will need their summons number, including the prefix, and the City of Newark’s court code, which is 0714.
While there are no plans for celebrations on Independence Day, Friday, July 5th, as the first Friday of July, will see a “Newark First Friday” showcase of the city’s emerging artists, makers, artisan food vendors, musicians, and street performers. The event will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., in Military Park, in Newark’s downtown. It is free and open to the public