Harford County government employees will get an additional holiday next month.

The county administration announced late Wednesday that county government offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Government offices will reopen for normal business on Monday, July 8.

The government employees will get July 5 off with pay, acting county government spokesman Ben Lloyd said Thursday. He said Harford County Executive David Craig and Director of Administration Mary Chance made the decision to grant the additional day off administratively.

"It's been done in the past when a regular holiday falls on a Thursday, we have closed on Friday, or closed on Monday for a Tuesday holiday – not every time, but sometimes," Lloyd said.

Harford Transit Link bus service will not operate on July 4 or July 5, and will resume its normal schedule on Monday July, 8.

The Harford Waste Disposal Center (the landfill and compost facility at Scarboro) will be closed on July 4 and July 5. The facility will reopen on Saturday, July 6, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. as per the normal operating schedule.

Customers should contact their private waste hauler to determine if curbside trash and/or recyclables will be picked up on either of the two days affected by the county closures.

The county government closures on July 5 do not affect courts or public libraries or state offices in Harford.