DENVER, CO – Many Denver services, agencies, and government agencies will be closed on Monday.
Memorial Day is a holiday that people across Colorado and all of America look forward to every year as the start of summer, but the holiday also gives people a chance to remember all of American lives that were lost during military service are.
The mayor’s office, city council offices, clerk’s and clerk’s office, auditor’s office, and most of the city councils will be closing in Denver.
What’s open, closed in Denver on Memorial Day
- Denver Health – open
- Garbage, recycling and compost collection – will not be picked up on Monday. The pick-up will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week.
- Parking meters – Parking meters are free on Sundays and public holidays and free on Mondays. Drivers are reminded to respect the posted time restrictions.
- Denvers 311 Information Line – Closed; Service requests can be submitted via your phone to Pocketgov or online here.
- Denver Recreation Centers – All city centers are closed on Monday.
- Denver Animal Shelter – Closed; however, the night shed kennels are open and can be entered to the left of the entrance doors if a lost pet is found while the shelter is closed.
- City-owned golf courses – open, depending on the weather.
- Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater – open
The memory of veterans who died while serving in the military in late May dates back to 1868 when General John A. Logan called for a Memorial Day to honor the lives of the North during the Civil War that happened just a few years earlier End was lost in battle. Logan called it “Decoration Day” as it had been known for several years. As time went on, more people started calling it Memorial Day, and in 1971 it became a federal holiday.
Until World War I, Memorial Day or Decoration Day was only meant to honor those who died while fighting for the union in the Civil War, as the southern states honored their war dead on a separate day. After more than 116,000 American deaths in World War I, the holiday took on a new role as a reminder of those who died in the course of their military service.
A national memorial day is held each year on Memorial Day at 3 p.m. local time. Lunch time was chosen “because it is the time when many Americans enjoy their freedoms on the national holiday,” according to the US Department of Veterans.