Normally the holiday would be observed on a Friday, since June 19 falls on a Saturday this year. However with only a day’s notice, the city decided to push the holiday to Monday, a city official said.
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Long Beach will mark Juneteenth—now designated as a federal holiday—with performances, vendors and more at a large in-person event Downtown, and other events throughout the city and beyond.
Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day that Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, announcing that the Civil War had ended and those who were enslaved were now free.
If passed, a June 1 agenda item would also declare Juneteenth a “Day of Celebration” in Long Beach.
Juneteenth has been regarded as a holiday that recognizes the freedom from enslavement for Black people in 1865. The holiday also marks a moment of celebration for Black culture amid civil unrest sparked by racial injustices across the country.