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As some of us take time off to reflect and observe MLK Day you should know what will be closed in the El Paso area.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was first signed into law by Ronald Reagan back in 1983.

The floating holiday is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King's birthday, January 15.

The following offices will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

  • City Hall
  • Landfill and Citizen Collection sites
  • El Paso Community College
  • County offices
  • Federal, county courthouses
  • Public libraries
  • Post offices and mail delivery
  • Fort Bliss offices will be closed. Freedom Crossing and the commissary will be on reduced hours.
  • Animal Services Shelter – Is open Monday (regular hours)
  • Code Compliance Division
  • ESD Administration Office
  • Citizen Collection Stations (always closed Monday)
  • Dead Animal Removal
  • Special Collections
  • KISS-FM, KLAQ, KROD offices
  • As a reminder, the El Paso Zoo will be open on Monday, January 20, 2014 for Martin Luther King Day. Regular zoo hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Ticket gate closes at 4 p.m. For more information call 521-1850 or visit

  • The El Paso Museum of History located in 510 N. Santa Fe St. 79901 will also be closed and will reopen at regular hours on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free general admission.
  • The University of Texas at El Paso will be closed Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as well. Students will return to campus Tuesday, Jan. 21 to begin the spring 2014 semester. From 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Jan. 21, the Division of Student Affairs, Union Services, and Student Engagement and Leadership Center will host a free program commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. where community members will recite Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The program will take place at the UTEP Union Plaza, where reflection questions will be strategically placed campus community members to answer.