PALMDALE – Local residents are invited to a Juneteenth celebration Monday in Palmdale, featuring live music, entertainment, a car show, community resources, and family fun.
It’s happening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, June 19, at Poncitlán Square, located at 38315 Ninth Street East in Palmdale. The event is presented by the AV Black Chamber of Commerce, the city of Palmdale and the Future Leaders of California.
“Join us to learn about the history of Juneteenth [and] celebrate the freedom it represents… The event and activities are free, including a Juneteenth themed Paint & Sip, game truck, lawn games, story time and face painting,” states a news release promoting the event.
Adopted in 2021, Juneteenth is the newest U.S. federal holiday. 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.
City administrative and business offices, Legacy Commons for Active Seniors, all community pools, SAVES and Palmdale City Library will be closed Monday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth. DryTown Water Park will be open for holiday hours, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. City offices will return to regular business hours on Tuesday, June 20. To report emergencies after hours, on weekends, or holidays, residents may call 661-267-5338. Residents can also report issues online at www.cityofpalmdaleca.gov/Report.
Many city services are available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Parking and administrative citations may be paid online at www.cityofpalmdaleca.gov/Citations. Business licenses may be paid online by visiting www.cityofpalmdaleca.gov/BusinessLicense. Residents may order Library materials online and access services such as Homework Help and eLibrary at www.cityofpalmdaleca.gov/Library.
[Information via news release from the city of Palmdale.]