City of Phoenix offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Phoenix buses and Dial-a-Ride will operate on Sunday schedules. Express and RAPID will not operate.

The light rail will begin with a Sunday schedule and ramp up at 5 p.m. to support celebrations along the route.

Parking in metered spots will be free.

There will be no change in collection schedules for trash. Trash and recycling will be collected as usual for those with Thursday collection. The 27th Avenue and North Gateway Garbage/Recycle Transfer Stations will be closed on Thursday.

Burton Barr Central Library and all branch libraries will be closed.

The offices of the Ahwatukee Foothills News will also be closed on Thursday.

There will be additional restrictions to South Mountain Park and Preserve.

The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will restrict vehicle access by closing the gates to all the city’s desert preserves and trailheads starting at 3 p.m. to reduce fire danger. Fire bans remain in effect.

Information on the July 4 desert preserve restrictions is available by calling (602) 495-5458.

More information on official Parks and Recreation Department Independence Day celebrations is available online, at phoenix.gov/parks.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com.

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