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Celebrate Juneteenth at Irving’s Two-Day Event

Join the celebration of Juneteenth at Irving's two-day event on Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15. The festivities will take place at Heritage Park, located at 217 S. Main St. Remember to bring a lawn chair and blanket for comfort.

June 14 | 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy an evening of Jazz in the park.

June 15 | 3:30 to 8 p.m.
Experience live music, family fun, and local vendors. Free food will be available courtesy of Aspen Creek, while supplies last.

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a holiday celebrated on June 19th to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. The holiday marks the day in 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced the end of the Civil War and the emancipation of all enslaved people in Texas. This event came more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, which had officially outlawed slavery in the Confederate states on January 1, 1863.

Juneteenth has become a time to celebrate African American freedom and culture, with festivities including parades, music, dancing, and educational events. It is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in many U.S. states and became a federal holiday in the United States on June 17, 2021.

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