Here’s which local city transit services will be available this July 4 | New

This year, the 4th of July falls on a Monday, halting some City of Palo Alto services and major transit agencies serving the area to run modified schedules in keeping with the holidays. Read on for a list of what will be accessible or temporarily unavailable in and around Palo Alto:

Municipal services

• City of Palo Alto: Administrative offices and facilities will be closed.

• Police, firefighters: Emergency, patrol and dispatch services will remain operational. Check-in services will not be available on Monday.

• Palo Alto Library: All libraries in the city of Palo Alto will be closed.

• Garbage collection: Garbage collection will maintain regular scheduled services.


• Caltrain: Caltrain will run on a holiday calendar plus additional late-night southbound service after the 4th of July show in San Francisco, with the last train departing San Francisco Station on Fourth Street at 12:05 a.m.

• SamTrans: SamTrans will operate on a regular schedule on Sundays. For complete timetables, visit

• Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority: VTA will operate on a Sunday schedule until 7 p.m. with additional cars added to the trains. After 7 p.m. there will be a modified holiday schedule to accommodate the fireworks. For more details, visit

• Stanford Marguerite: Stanford’s free Marguerite shuttle will suspend all lines except the HD, MC, X Express and Y Express lines. For more information, visit

Federal and State Offices

• US Postal Service: Postal Service facilities will be closed and no mail will be delivered on Independence Day.

fire safety

All types of fireworks, even those bearing the state fire marshal’s “Safe and Sane” seal, are illegal in Palo Alto and most of Santa Clara County. Anyone who sees or hears illegal fireworks in Palo Alto is urged to call the city’s 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Violators of fireworks laws can face up to $50,000 in fines and be sent to jail for up to a year, according to Cal Fire. Parents are responsible for the actions of their children. For more information, visit

A note on protecting pets

While Independence Day is often fun, at the end of the holiday animal shelters can find themselves with many lost animals that have fled their homes due to the loud sounds of fireworks and celebrations.

“Dogs can become so frightened that they run through fences and gates fleeing their yards, get lost and are brought into our shelter as strays,” said Buffy Martin Tarbox, communications manager for the Peninsula Humane Society. /SPCA. “They arrive scared and often with minor injuries such as cuts to their legs.”

To prevent such events from occurring, the PHS & SPCA recommends that pet owners follow these protocols:

• If you attend gatherings involving fireworks, do not bring pets.

• At home, keep pets in one room of the house and make sure blinds or curtains are drawn. Leave a TV, radio, or fan on to drown out the sound of fireworks.

• Ensure pets have up-to-date ID and/or microchip. This form of permanent identification, implanted just under the skin of the animal, will ensure the identification of the animal even in the absence of a collar.

• If you know from experience that your pet will suffer from fireworks anxiety, talk to your veterinarian about giving them a mild tranquilizer.

• If you lose your pet in San Mateo County, visit the PHS & SPCA offices at 12 Airport Blvd. in San Mateo on July 5. This process must take place in person, as staff cannot positively identify animals over the phone. You can also view lost pets at PHS/SPCA at

Melvin Z. Madore