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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Washington

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Washington, DC. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Washington's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Washington. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it's easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Washington, DC. We're proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We're here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain
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So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Washington,
what are we talking about?

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Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

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Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

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Baklava

If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Washington, DC, you won't want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

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Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

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Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Washington, DC.

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Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips

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Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

2.

Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

3.

Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.

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They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

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Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

6.

Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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Modified District Government Services for Juneteenth

(Washington, DC) On Monday, June 20, 2022, the District Government will observe Juneteenth. While some services will be affected, many District employees will continue serving to maintain essential District operations.All COVID Centers, except Ward 1, will be open Monday, June 20. Visit coronavirus.dc.gov/covidcenters for locations and hours of operation.Test Yourself DC drop-boxes are open for residents to dro...

(Washington, DC) On Monday, June 20, 2022, the District Government will observe Juneteenth. While some services will be affected, many District employees will continue serving to maintain essential District operations.

All COVID Centers, except Ward 1, will be open Monday, June 20. Visit coronavirus.dc.gov/covidcenters for locations and hours of operation.

Test Yourself DC drop-boxes are open for residents to drop off samples between 10 am-8 pm.

Access to Emergency Shelter All low-barrier shelters for individuals experiencing homelessness operate year-round. Currently, all low-barrier shelters remain open 24 hours and will remain open all day on Monday, June 20. Individuals seeking access to homeless services should call the DC Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093 from 8 am-12 am or the Mayor’s Citywide Call Center at 311 at any time of the day or night.

Drop-In Centers for Residents Experiencing Homelessness The Downtown Day Services Center (The Center) will offer walk-in services to guests with no appointment required. Hours of operation are 9 am-5 pm on Monday, June 20. The Center is operating at its pre-pandemic capacity, meaning a maximum of 120 guests are permitted in the Center at any time. Entry will be permitted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Guests will be provided with a wristband that must be worn while in the Center. Available walk-in services include showers, laundry, medical treatment, computer access, electronic/mobile device charging, housing case management, employment counseling, harm reduction services and other vital services. Full capacity lunch services will continue on Monday, 11 am-1 pm.

Zoe’s Doors, located at 900 Rhode Island Avenue NE, will be open from 8 am-7 pm on Monday, June 20.

Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Spray parks will be open on Monday, June 20. DPR outdoor parks, playgrounds, athletic courts and fields will be open. All previously permitted events on these outdoor spaces will take place as scheduled.

All Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) locations will be closed on Saturday, June 18 and Monday, June 20. Customers are encouraged to use online options by visiting dmv.dc.gov.

Walk-up COVID-19 testing, Rapid Antigen test kit pick-up locations, and Test Yourself PCR kit pick-up locations will be closed Monday, June 20. Sites will reopen on Tuesday, June 21 as scheduled. Visit coronavirus.dc.gov/testing for locations and hours of operation.

The District’s COVID-19 call center will be closed on Monday, June 20. For general COVID-19 related questions or to book a vaccine appointment for homebound residents, call 1-855-363-0333 when the Call Center reopens on Tuesday, June 21.

The Department of Employment Services Navigation Call Center and all American Job Centers will be closed on Monday, June 20. Residents are encouraged to file unemployment insurance claims online at does.dc.gov.

DC Public Schools (DCPS) meal sites will be closed on Monday, June 20. Open meal sites will be distributing up to 5 breakfast and lunch meal kits from 10 am-2 pm on Friday, June 17. A full list of DCPS meal sites is available at dcps.dc.gov/food.

The Sasha Bruce Youth Drop-In Center for District residents experiencing homelessness will be closed on Monday, June 20.

DC Public Library (DCPL) neighborhood locations and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will be closed on Sunday, June 19 and Monday, June 20. Virtual programs will be available. For more information on available Library programs, visit dclibrary.org or download the Library’s app.

All DPR recreation centers, outdoor pools and indoor aquatic centers will be closed on Monday, June 20. Outdoor pools will be open on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19.

The Department of Human Services Economic Security Administration Service Centers will be closed on Monday, June 20.

The DC Health & Wellness Center (77 P Street, NE) will be closed on Monday, June 20.

The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) will “slide” household trash and recycling collections for the remainder of the week into Saturday. For example, households that normally receive trash and recycling collections on Monday, June 20 will be serviced on Tuesday, June 21.

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will suspend construction and work zones for non-emergency work in roadways, alleys and sidewalks within the District’s right of way. This includes manhole access and construction-related deliveries. Approved construction activities may resume Tuesday, June 21, during permitted work hours.

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) does not normally permit construction on District Government holidays, and violations could result in a Stop Work Order and fines. No construction will be allowed on Sunday, June 19 for the holiday without a companion Afterhours Permit. Illegal construction reports can be made using the Illegal Construction Inspection Request Form or calling 311. DCRA offers many online services, tools and resources, enabling customers to conduct business 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

DDOT will suspend reversible lane operations citywide on Monday, June 20.

All parking enforcement will be suspended on Monday, June 20 with the exception of Streetcar ticketing and towing. Parking enforcement will resume on Tuesday, June 21.

DC Circulator will only be servicing the National Mall route; normal operating schedule will resume Tuesday, June 21.

DC Streetcar is operating on normal schedule.

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What you need to know about D.C.'s Something in the Water music festival

D.C. is in for another busy weekend. This time it’s Pharrell’s Something in the Water music festival that’ll bring together thousands of people near L’Enfant Plaza in Southwest.The big picture: Security is top of mind for all large events these days, especially following a ...

D.C. is in for another busy weekend. This time it’s Pharrell’s Something in the Water music festival that’ll bring together thousands of people near L’Enfant Plaza in Southwest.

The big picture: Security is top of mind for all large events these days, especially following a scary incident involving a person who reportedly claimed to have a gun at the March for Our Lives rally last weekend.

What’s happening: The festival is working with the city’s public safety agencies to keep festivalgoers safe, but neither city agencies nor the festival are releasing security specifics.

What they’re saying: “DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency will provide operational support and threat intelligence, and at this time there are no known threats related to this weekend’s events,” a joint statement from HSEMA, MPD, and FEMS said.??

Here’s what we know:

There will be heavy traffic in Southwest. There’s a long list of road closures.

The lineup. Usher will close the show on Friday, Pharrell and Phriends will end the night on Saturday, and J. Balvin will wrap up the festival on Sunday.

What to bring and leave behind: Here’s the full list of festival FAQs. Here are some to keep in mind:

Entrance points. The festival will take place along Independence Avenue, and attendees can enter on 4th St. SW, 7th St. SW, or Maryland Ave. SW.

Free water will be available. A map of the venue shows three free water stations. That same map shows six bathrooms, along with places where food and alcohol will be sold.

Attendees can exit and re-enter the festival as many times as they like. To leave and re-enter on the same day, make sure to get your wristband scanned at the exit.

And what we don’t know:

How many tickets were sold. The festival did not respond to our request. But, Fox 5 reports that 50,000 people are expected to attend.

Proud Boys developed plans to take over government buildings in Washington DC

A document revealed in court on Wednesday has exposed a detailed plan by the Proud Boys to occupy government buildings in Washington DC, including the supreme court.The document, titled “1776 Returns”, laid out the plans for which ...

A document revealed in court on Wednesday has exposed a detailed plan by the Proud Boys to occupy government buildings in Washington DC, including the supreme court.

The document, titled “1776 Returns”, laid out the plans for which buildings to target, the number of members required for each building, and tactics, including instructions to use the pandemic as an excuse for wearing masks and face shields without raising suspicion.

It called for at least 50 members of the group to invade each building “or it’s a no go for that building”.

??“These are OUR building, they are just renting space,” read a part of the document, according to NBC. “We must show our politicians We the People are in charge.”

Five members of the far-right Proud Boys, including leader Enrique Tarrio, were charged earlier this month with “seditious conspiracy”. Tarrio was slapped with the charge on top of already existing charges against him for, among other things, obstruction of an official proceeding and assaulting officers. Other charges include a felony charge against Louis Enrique Colon, who pleaded guilty in April.

The document was submitted to court by the lawyer of a Proud Boys member, Zachary Rehl, while filing for a motion for his release from pre-trial detention.

Rehl’s lawyer claimed, in an attempt to distance his client from allegations that he had a leadership role in the insurrection, that Rehl had no idea about the document.

The detailed nine-page memo has directions for participants to “use Covid to your advantage” and to create a “fake appointment” for one member, identified as “Covert Sleeper”, to get inside the building and eventually let the others in.

The “Sleeper” was tasked to spend the day as an “insider”.

The plan also called on participants to create distractions for the guards by “causing trouble” at the gate.

Another part directed participants to block traffic from as many angles as possible.

“Traffic blocks have network effects,” read the document. “The Rerouting traffic will block other important areas, and also stop access to any law enforcement vehicle.”

The buildings they targeted are the supreme court, three Senate office buildings, and three House office buildings. Another target is listed as “CNN”, possibly referring to the CNN office in Washington, which is about a six-minute drive from the Capitol.

The demands made in the document called for a new election on 20 January, the day of President Biden’s inauguration, with requirements such as paper ballots only, no electronic or mail-in votes, and the use of national guards for monitoring.

Cardinals, State Farm Sending Students To Washington D.C. On Team Plane

The Arizona Cardinals Football Club and State Farm are partnering to send 241 high school students and 30 chaperone teachers from across the state on an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. as part of the Civics Matters Arizona program.The Cardinals are supporting the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and providing their team plane to fly the group to and from Washington D.C. The travel party will leave Phoenix on June 22 and return on June 25.While there, the individuals will have the opportunity to meet with elected officia...

The Arizona Cardinals Football Club and State Farm are partnering to send 241 high school students and 30 chaperone teachers from across the state on an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. as part of the Civics Matters Arizona program.

The Cardinals are supporting the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and providing their team plane to fly the group to and from Washington D.C. The travel party will leave Phoenix on June 22 and return on June 25.

While there, the individuals will have the opportunity to meet with elected officials, visit historical landmarks and learn first-hand how government works, with the hope of inspiring and empowering them to make a difference in their respective communities.

"These young women and men have demonstrated the potential to be future leaders of our community and our nation," Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill said. "We are hopeful this experience and others will result in learning more about the process of government and the role they can play in affecting positive change."

The Civics Matters Arizona program was inspired by the policies set forth by Governor Doug Ducey's ongoing effort to prioritize the teaching of American Civics. Arizona was the first state in the nation to pass the American Civics Act, requiring high school students to pass the citizenship test before graduation. Other initiatives include strengthening education about the Holocaust and other genocides, as well as making teaching the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks mandatory.

"State Farm is proud to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience for students in Arizona," said Denise Hardin, senior vice president at State Farm. "We are committed to building better educated communities and helping students reach their greatest potential by informing, inspiring, and empowering each of them to become active participants in our democracy."

Also providing financial support for this project are: Chicanos Por La Causa, APS, Raza Development Fund, and Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL).

The students - who are entering grades 9-12 - represent 46 Arizona schools, 20 school districts, 11 cities and four counties. They will attend multiple workshops while also touring historical landmarks such as Arlington National Cemetery, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Capitol Hill, and the Smithsonian National Museum as well as memorials honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Students taking part in the trip were selected after submitting a 500-word essay about community and civic involvement, young people who have made a difference, or how to build "a more perfect union." The criteria was created in collaboration with Governor Ducey.

Juneteenth 2022: What's Open, Closed, Events Planned Around DC

Juneteenth is an observed holiday, which means schedule changes and special events around Washington, D.C.WASINGTON, DC — Because the June 19 Juneteenth holiday falls on a Sunday this year, banks, federal offices and the post office in the District will be closed Monday in commemoration of the date in 1865 when word reached the last enslaved people in Texas that the Civil War had ended and they were free.Singer and music producer Pharrell Williams will be bringing his ...

Juneteenth is an observed holiday, which means schedule changes and special events around Washington, D.C.

WASINGTON, DC — Because the June 19 Juneteenth holiday falls on a Sunday this year, banks, federal offices and the post office in the District will be closed Monday in commemoration of the date in 1865 when word reached the last enslaved people in Texas that the Civil War had ended and they were free.

Singer and music producer Pharrell Williams will be bringing his Something in The Water Festival to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to celebrate Juneteenth weekend.

Pharrell & Phriends will be performing along with special guests Clipse, Justin Timberlake, N.O.R.E, Q-Tip, and SZA. Recently announced performers include Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals, bLAck pARty, J Balvin, and 21 Savage. Local groups Bad Brains: A Tribute by Black Dots, TOB and YungManny will also be on hand to represent the District.

Celebrate Juneteenth with ONE DC as it reopens its Black Workers & Wellness Center, a community controlled space in Anacostia.

A Juneteenth Celebration with Thee Phantom and the Illharmonic Orchestra at will take place at Wolf Trap's Filene Center at 6 p.m. on June 19. Husband and wife duo Thee Phantom (Jeffrey McNeil) and The Phoenix (Andrea Colin-McNeil) formed The Illharmonic Orchestra, which combines hip hop with a symphonic orchestra. The Illharmonic Orchestra features some top Black orchestral musicians from around the U.S. The Juneteenth performance at Wolf Trap will feature renditions of songs by Beethoven, Donny Hathaway, Jay-Z, Rossini, Wu-Tang Clan, Mozart, Mary J. Blige, and William Grant Still.

Some services in the District are closed or modified for the federal holiday on Monday, June 20. Below are the changes to know.

D.C. Public Library (DCPL) neighborhood locations will be closed on June 20. Online services will be available.

DPR Recreation, Community, and Aquatic Centers are closed on June 20. DPR parks, playgrounds, athletic courts, and fields will be open.

Metro: Metro will open at 7 a.m. and close at midnight on June 19, and be open 5 a.m. to midnight on a Saturday holiday schedule on June 20. Metro has closed five Orange Line stations between Stadium-Armory and New Carrollton through Labor Day. Additional closures are planned during the summer on the Blue Line between Stadium-Armory and Benning Road. Check back for upcoming weekend Metrorail information here.

Office of Elections: Closed on June 20.

Department of Human Services Economic Security Administration Service Center is closed June 20.

D.C. Health & Wellness Center is closed June 20.

D.C. Department of Public Works (DPW) will suspend sanitation services on June 20, but they will resume on June 21.

Last year, President Joe Biden signed legislation making Juneteenth an official holiday, becoming the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday was approved in 1983. Juneteenth is oldest-known celebration of the end of slavery in the United States.

Patch employees have the day off Monday. Some other businesses around town may also be closed; so if you're planning to stop by one of them, it's a good idea to call ahead to make sure the business is open.

Some big brands are giving their employees a day off or paying them extra.

Companies that are already looking seriously at diversity, equity and inclusion efforts may see adding Juneteenth as a paid holiday as "something tangible" that "recognizes the importance of that day," Julie Stich, a vice president of content at the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, told NPR.

Nike said in an email statement to NPR that Juneteenth is a paid holiday for corporate, retail, manufacturing and distribution employees across the Nike, Converse and Jordan brands. Zillow is doing the same as part of its "ongoing commitment to racial equality," the company said in a statement.

Both Zillow and Nike are encouraging employees to reflect on the importance of the day while taking part in volunteering, activism and educational opportunities.

Among them, Target and Starbucks are open, but employees get time-and-a-half pay on Juneteenth, according to a list put together by Entrepreneur.

Tech companies Twitter and Square are giving employees the day off. Google and Amazon aren't, but they're encouraging employees to cancel meetings. Amazon is also offering "online learning opportunities" throughout the day

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