Friday, July 3, 2009

Fourth of July means closures, free rides


This weekend's Fourth of July holiday means more than a few government offices and services will either close early or be closed all day today.

That includes U.S. post offices, which will close their retail areas at noon today.

Officials with the U.S. Postal Service say that normal delivery functions will continue today. Offices and addresses on normal routes will get their mail collected, and post office boxes will see normal mail distribution.

Final collections for mail is noon today.

City and other local government offices will be closed today, including Sun Valley City Hall, Ketchum City Hall, Hailey and Bellevue City Hall.

All Blaine County offices will also be closed today.

Mountain Rides Transportation Authority is suggesting that Fourth of July revelers leave their cars at home and ride the bus.

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To further encourage ridership, Mountain Rides is offering free Valley Bus Service on Saturday, July 4, and Sunday July 5. The service runs from the Ketchum and Sun Valley area south to Hailey and Bellevue.

The Town Bus Service, which is free and runs through the Ketchum-Sun Valley area, is now on its full summer schedule and running from 7 a.m. until midnight seven days a week.

The Party Bus offers late-night service Friday and Saturday nights up and down the valley from 8:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. Tickets are $10 per night for unlimited rides.

"With so many ways to get around, it will be easy to leave the car at home this Fourth of July," said Mountain Rides Executive Director Jason Miller. "It is our hope at Mountain Rides that you can get to all the different events car-free, which will help alleviate traffic problems and help make for a greener Fourth of July."

Service schedules are available at numerous valley merchants, at many of the bus stops and in the Idaho Mountain Express. Schedules can also be accessed at

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