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Each week, Mayor Hamilton and Deputy Mayor Griffin provide video updates on recent news and key initiatives. Access all of the weekly video updates at


In this week’s video update Mayor Hamilton offers a Thanksgiving message to residents and provides an update on a few upcoming events and free parking details.


Mayor John Hamilton will dedicate Showers Plaza as the Fernandez Plaza on Saturday, November 26, at 10 a.m. during the annual Holiday Market ( Residents are invited to join on the plaza outside City Hall to honor former Mayor John Fernandez.


The City of Bloomington will offer free parking on the street downtown and in City garages from Thursday, November 24 through Sunday, November 27, recognizing the Thanksgiving holiday and Small Business Saturday, a day to celebrate Bloomington’s small businesses and their contribution to our community. Details are available online at


City Hall will be closed this Thursday, November 24, 2022, and Friday, November 25, 2022, in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Sanitation routes for Thursday, November 24, will be picked up on Friday, November 25. 

We wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.



Hi, it's Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton, and on behalf of all of the employees of the City of Bloomington, I just want to express our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving season and the following holiday season. We hope that you will enjoy with your families a great Thanksgiving season. Our best wishes to you. 

Now, here are a couple of updates for you to know. We do as usual over Thanksgiving, have the lighting of the square downtown the Friday evening after Thanksgiving, and then there's a special event on Saturday morning after Thanksgiving. We're renaming the Showers Plaza in honor of former Mayor John Fernandez. So at 10 a.m. on Saturday, a free public ceremony; if you'd like to come down to rededicate that to Fernandez Plaza, please join us. 

Secondly, we're going to put in place the special parking rules that we often do for the holidays. So for Thanksgiving (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), there will be free parking downtown on the street and in the garages. And then every Saturday through the holiday season, through New Year's, free parking in all the city garages. We can get the details to you, and you can always get them on the website. We're encouraging you to be able to get downtown and about for your holiday activity. So let me say again, on behalf of all 800 of us here at city government, we wish you and yours a terrific Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season.

We look forward to continuing to serve you going forward.