Long Beach, CA – In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the City of Long Beach facilities and services listed below will adhere to the following schedules on Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25, 2022.
Open on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25:
- Fire Stations and Lifeguard Stations
- All City parks and trails (excluding El Dorado Nature Center)
- El Dorado Regional Park
- Long Beach Airport
- Main Police Station Front Desk
- Refuse and Recycling Collection (offices will be closed but refuse and recycling will be collected as usual)
- Gas Services Dispatch (562.570.2140) open 24/7 for emergency calls
- Water/Sewer Dispatch (562.570.2390) open 24/7 for emergency calls
Open Friday, Nov. 25, but closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24:
- El Dorado Nature Center
- Marina offices (Alamitos Bay Marina, Shoreline Marina)
- Parks, Recreation and Marine programs and community park facilities
Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25:
- Billie Jean King Main Library, all branch libraries, including library offices (digital resources available 24/7)
- BizCare Hotline (562.570.4BIZ)
- BizCare Pop-Up at Civic Center Plaza
- Building and Safety Services, including inspections, plan reviews and Permit Center
- City Hall
- City-operated vaccination sites for flu, COVID-19 and MPX (Monkeypox)
- City-operated testing sites for COVID-19
- City pools (Belmont Plaza Pool, King Park Pool and Silverado Park Pool)
- City Prosecutor’s Office
- Citizen Police Complaint Commission
- Code Enforcement services
- Energy Resources offices
- Fire Headquarters, Support Services, Fire Prevention & Operations, including Marine Safety Administration
- Health Department and Health facilities
- Housing Authority
- Homeless Services Outreach Line (562.570.4672)
- LB Resource Hotline (562.570.INFO)
- Long Beach Airport administration offices
- Long Beach Animal Care Services and spcaLA
- Neighborhood Resource Center
- Parks, Recreation and Marine offices
- Public Health Information Line (562.570.7907)
- Special Events and Filming offices
- Street sweeping
- Towing and Lien Sales
- Water Department offices
- WorkPlace, Youth Opportunity Center and Pacific Gateway Administrative offices
- Utility Call Center (Gas, Water and Refuse)
City Hall offices and public services will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25, including commercial services typically available in the City Hall lobby such as Cashiering/Payment Processing, Utility Customer Service, Billing and Collections, and Parking Citations. The public is encouraged to continue taking advantage of the convenient online resources available on the City of Long Beach website, as well as bill payment options available on the Financial Services website.
There will be no scheduled street sweeping or enforcement of street sweeping violations on Thursday, Nov. 24, or Friday, Nov. 25. Street sweeping will resume its regular schedule on Monday, Nov. 28.
Read your parking meter: Citywide parking violations, including parking meters, will be enforced on Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25, unless the meter states “Exempt on Holidays.” The days and hours of enforcement are displayed inside the meters.
Trash and Recycling will be collected as scheduled on Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25.
Towing and Lien Sales
The Towing Operations & Vehicle Storage Facility, located at 3111 E. Willow St. between Temple Avenue and Redondo Avenue, will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25. Normal business hours are:
- Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Closed Sunday and holidays.
Vehicles and property are available for release outside of the hours listed above for an additional fee. More information can be found online.
All Library locations and services, including the Library main phone line, will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25. All locations will be open on Saturday, Nov. 26, excluding Alamitos, Brewitt and Dana Neighborhood Library locations offering To-Go Services. Library patrons are encouraged to utilize the Library’s vast collection of digital resources, including the Library catalog, downloads, and databases, available 24/7.
The holiday season is a time for joyous festivities and gatherings with family and friends. The City of Long Beach is providing the following tips to ensure a safe, healthy and hazard-free Thanksgiving holiday for all.
The rate of accidental residential fires increases every year during the holiday season, with home cooking fires being a common culprit on Thanksgiving. With Turkey Day being the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment, here are some ways to limit fire hazards:
- The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends against deep-frying turkeys; if you decide to do so, follow safety recommendations, and never deep-fry a frozen turkey.
- Always stay in the kitchen while cooking; unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires and casualties.
- Always keep children away from hot stoves as well as hot food and liquids as steam or splash could cause serious burns.
- Instead of using open-flame candles for a table centerpiece or in other home decor, use battery-operated candles.
- Remember to make sure all your smoke alarms are working.
Food Prep Matters
When cooking a turkey, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that improper handling or undercooking the bird can spoil the holiday by leading to food poisoning and illness. From how to properly store a turkey to thawing, preparing, cooking and leftovers, the CDC offers guidelines to avoid poultry-related foodborne outbreaks.
During the holidays, it is especially important to note the importance of not driving while impaired or distracted. DUI-related traffic accidents typically increase during the holiday season; in Long Beach, DUI-related traffic collisions claimed the lives of 14 people in 2020 and six people in 2021. Additional officers from the Long Beach Police Department will be on patrol over the holiday to help deter drivers from driving under the influence.
Here are some things to keep in mind to ensure drivers, pedestrians and all commuters practice safe, responsible behavior:
- To prevent injury to yourself and others, designate a sober driver, or use a taxi or ride-sharing service to get to and from your destination. Remember that driving under the influence includes alcohol, marijuana, some prescription and over the counter drugs, and illegal drugs.
- Distracted driving poses serious threat to people’s safety. Plan routes in advance and avoid texting or otherwise using a cell phone while driving.
- Pedestrians and bicyclists should maintain strict awareness of their surroundings, especially at night and when crossing streets, even when crossing in a marked crosswalk.
In Case of Emergency
Community members are encouraged to report dangerous or illegal activities to the Long Beach Police Department. For emergencies, dial 911. For non-emergencies, people can dial the non-emergency phone tree at 562.435.6711, which connects callers directly to a pre-recorded list of commonly requested non-emergency City services.
The collective efforts of everyone celebrating safely can help achieve a safe Long Beach for all.