Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday.
What other activities are going on to commemorate Juneteenth in Tri-Cities?
On Saturday at Kurtzman Park in Pasco, there will be a Fun-Day from 10 am till 6 pm. The park will be packed with food vendors, information booths, a kids' area with inflatables, games, and more. There will be a Spades and Dominoes tournament, and a special stop of the Seahawks' 12 Tour!
On Sunday, June 19th at Kurtzman Park, you're invited to a special Gospel celebration at 2 pm.
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