Celebrate Juneteenth in Berkeley! The opening ceremony will begin at 11am with the delivery of the Emancipation Proclamation on horseback by KYSARIA BRINSON. Attractions at the Kids Zone are free include STEM activities, a slide and bouncy house, a rock wall, faceprinting, slime and bubbles, and woodworking by Home Depot.
Come hang out with Bike East Bay! We’ll have a bike blender, will be doing helmet fittings, bike checks, locking demos, and handing out some freebies. AND we’ll have the future Bike Share bike on hand for you to check out. Ask us about the program, the launch, and progress on building a complete network of protected bike lanes in Berkeley.
The Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Lincoln on January 1, 1863, freed slaves from southern states in rebellion against the United States during the Civil War. News of the signing did not reach Galveston, Texas until June 19, 1865. On June 19th (shortened to JUNETEENTH), slaves flooded the streets, rejoicing in their newly discovered freedom. Barbecue smoke filled the air! Dancing feet pounded the ground and voices sung out. This day, JUNETEENTH, would forever commemorate African American freedom!
President Lincoln, had no legal power to single-handedly terminate the institution of slavery. Congress proposed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery, on February 1, 1865, and ratified it on December 6, 1865.
Communities nationwide have adopted JUNETEENTH as an occasion to celebrate African American culture and traditions, and as an opportunity to acknowledge contributions African Americans have made to the fabric of America. Cultural events like JUNETEENTH, celebrate diversity, and unify our nation when we all celebrate together.RSVP on Facebook