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Palmdale Hosts Family-Friendly Juneteenth


Palmdale, CA – The City of Palmdale is excited to invite residents to a Juneteenth Celebration featuring live music, a car show, community resources, food vendors, family-friendly activities, and more. The festivities, including a Juneteenth-themed paint and sip experience, are free and will take place on Wednesday, June 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Poncitlán Square (38315 9th St. East).

 

“Thank you to the AV Black Chamber of Commerce and Future Leaders of California for partnering with us on this historically significant celebration,” said Mayor Austin Bishop. “This commemoration offers a wonderful opportunity for neighbors and friends to come together to observe the profound legacy of Juneteenth.”

 

Juneteenth, established as a US federal holiday in 2021, commemorates June 19, 1865, when President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation reached the last Confederate state with the order that all enslaved people were free. The arrival of Union troops with the news at Galveston Bay, Texas, along with the ratification of the 13th Amendment, marked the end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth was first celebrated in Texas in 1866 and today is marked by annual observances across the country recognizing the end of slavery and celebrating Black culture and achievements. 

In honor of the Juneteenth holiday, the City’s administrative and business offices, Legacy Commons for Active Seniors, all community pools, SAVES, and the Palmdale City Library will be closed on June 19.

For more information, visitCityofPalmdaleCA.gov.

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