What's Open, Closed for Thanksgiving Day 2021 in San Diego County


Thanksgiving Day is here! As many are enjoying turkey day, here's what you can expect to be open and closed in San Diego County on the holiday.


  • All administrative offices in both the city and the county
  • City recreation centers
  • All libraries will be closed
  • County-operated COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites 
  • Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center will be closed
  • All city reservoirs will be closed
  • All public buildings in Balboa Park will be closed including:
    • Balboa Park Activity Center
    • Botanical Building
    • Casa del Prado
    • Municipal Gym
    • War Memorial Building
  • All City recreation centers and City pools will be closed
  • Tecolote Nature Center will be closed
  • The Lakeside Teen Center/REC Club will be closed Monday, Nov. 25 through Friday, Nov. 29
  • The Family Justice Center. Individuals needing help related to domestic violence should call 911 and/or the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-888-385-4657


  • Golf courses and starter booths will be open until dusk. Holiday rates will apply
  • The following skate parks will be open:
    • Bill and Maxine Wilson Skate Park
    • Carmel Valley Skate Park
    • Charles L. Lewis III Memorial Skate Park
    • Rancho Peñasquitos Skate Park
    • Robb Field Skate Park
    • City Heights Skate Park
    • Linda Vista Skate Park
  • Essential services including sheriff’s department patrols and animal control emergency response will remain open
  • County parks and campgrounds (with exceptions: Fallbrook Community Center, Lakeside Community Center, Lakeside Teen Center/REC Club, Spring Valley Community Center, Te Spring Valley Teen Center/REC Club, Spring Valley gym, and the 4S Ranch Sports Park offices)

County animal shelters will resume their regular business hours starting Saturday, Nov. 27.

All other County offices will reopen for regular business hours on Monday, Nov. 29.


Parking meters and time restrictions for parking on streets will not be enforced along with yellow zones.

Trash Pickup

There will be a one-day delay for curbside trash, recyclables, and yard waste. (Applicable to City of San Diego residents only. Residents in other cities should check with their waste hauler for holiday service schedules.)

The Miramar Landfill, Greenery and Recycling Center will be closed. Container sales will be closed. For regular hours and questions, call 858-694-7000.

Public Transportation

  • Holiday travelers have a new transit connection to the airport this holiday season, thanks to the new electric airport shuttle from Old Town. Passengers can take the Trolley to or from Old Town to pick up the free electric shuttle to terminals 1 or 2.
  • All Trolley lines and bus routes will operate on a Sunday schedule. No service will be provided on Rapid Express Routes 280 or 290, Sorrento Valley COASTER Connection, Routes 972, 973, 974, 978, 979, and the Vintage Trolley (SDG&E Silver Line).
  • On Friday, all Trolley lines and MTS urban and local bus routes will operate normal weekday schedules.
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