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Posted on: June 7, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Juneteenth Holiday

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All City of College Park offices will be closed on Monday, June 20, 2022 in observance of the Juneteenth holiday. 

Officially recognized as a federal holiday since 2021, Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Although the Emancipation Proclamation issued by Abraham Lincoln was meant to end institutional slavery in 1863, some Southern states refused to grant freedom. In June 1865, nearly three years after the Proclamation was issued, the last African Americans enslaved in Galveston, Texas were finally freed.

In 2020, the City of College Park officially recognized Juneteenth as a holiday to remember its historical significance and impact on American life. This year, we're honoring Juneteenth by celebrating freedom for all Americans and ensuring that Black Lives Matter.  You can celebrate Juneteenth with us by:

  • Journal about why Juneteenth is important to you
  • Write a poem or creating art around the theme of "freedom" 
  • Send us your Juneteenth celebrations, artwork, or creative writing through social media (@collegeparkmd on Facebook and Twitter or @collegepark_md on Instagram) 

 To learn more about African American history in Prince George's County this Juneteenth, check out links below: 

Refuse and recycling will occur one day later than normal during this holiday week.

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