LANCASTER – The city of Lancaster and community partners are hosting the second annual Lancaster Juneteenth Celebration this Sunday.
Themed “The Community’s Family Reunion,” the free event is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 18, at the Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park, located at 43063 10th Street West in Lancaster.
The event is aimed at bringing local businesses, organizations, and community members together to celebrate freedom, spread hope, and nurture unity throughout the Antelope Valley, organizers said in a news release.
“Our upcoming Juneteenth celebration is a joyous occasion to embrace the power of unity and solidarity, celebrate freedom, and strengthen our dedication to justice and equity for all Lancaster residents,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “We’re committed to building a community that is welcoming to diversity, education, and connection. All of those attributes have shaped this event.”
This family reunion-style event will include a morning worship service, educational programming on the history of Juneteenth, food, music, entertainment, dancing, games, a car and bike show, and more, according to a news release. Attendees are encouraged to wear matching family t-shirts and bring blankets and lawn chairs.
Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865 — the date that enslaved people in the last Confederate state learned of their freedom. That day in Galveston, Texas, followed by the passage of the 13th Amendment, officially marked the end of slavery in the United States. Following the emancipation of enslaved people, Black Americans reconnected with family through reunions. These gatherings, which inspired the theme for this Lancaster’s 2023 Juneteenth celebration, have continued to unite communities, foster fellowship, spread knowledge, and celebrate one’s heritage.
To learn more about Lancaster’s Juneteenth celebration, visit: www.cityoflancasterca.gov/Juneteenth.
[Information via news release from the city of Lancaster.]