On Monday June 19th, the Village of Port Chester will recognize the significance of Juneteenth and the history of the holiday.
Administrative offices and the Department of Public Works shall be closed; however, several celebrations are already scheduled in and around the village for residents and the public to participate in.
Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 that federal troops arrived in Galveston, TX to assume control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people were set free; 2 years after the January 1, 1863, signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
The earliest celebrations in honor of Juneteenth date back to 1866. In June 2021, The Federal Government formally passed legislation recognizing Juneteenth as a Federal Holiday.
To learn more about Juneteenth, 2023 and the holiday’s history, check out the links below:
Juneteenth on Wikipedia
Juneteenth Celebrations on CBS News