(COLUMBIA, MO) ~ Columbia, MO - As the Fourth of July approaches, the City of Columbia has announced that all city offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. This includes the landfill, which will also be closed on the holiday.

In addition, residential curbside trash collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. To stay updated on collection schedules and service notifications, residents are encouraged to download the COMO Recycle and Trash App or contact the Contact Center at 573.874.CITY (2489).

Go COMO, Columbia's public transit system, will not be operating on July 4. However, a shuttle service will be provided between all six City downtown parking garages and Stephens Lake Park for the City's Fourth of July Fire in the Sky celebration. This free service will run continuously from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m., allowing passengers to easily travel between downtown parking garages and the event. The DoubleMap app can be used to track the position of the shuttles.

The Fire in the Sky celebration will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with activities for kids, entertainment, and food trucks. The highlight of the event will be a fireworks display at approximately 9:15 p.m.

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For those looking to stay active on Independence Day, the City's Activity & Recreation Center (ARC) will operate at reduced hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center, Douglass Family Aquatic Center, and Lake of the Woods Pool will also be open from noon to 5 p.m.

While administrative offices for both the police and fire departments will be closed on July 4, all other emergency services will still be available. However, parking enforcement will be suspended for the holiday.

The Columbia Police Department is reminding residents to drive safely and within posted speed limits if they are traveling for the holiday. Possessing or discharging fireworks within the city limits is strictly prohibited.

To ensure public safety, extra patrol officers will be on duty at the beginning of July to enforce fireworks codes. Residents with complaints about fireworks can contact the Boone County Joint Communications non-emergency line at 311. In case of emergencies, residents should call 911.

For any emergencies related to Water & Light, Sewer, and Stormwater, residents can find contact information on

As Columbia prepares to celebrate Independence Day, city officials are urging residents to stay safe and enjoy the holiday responsibly.

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