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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) --- Juneteenth festivals bring people out to community centers, parks, and areas like the Jazz District in Kansas City. The crowd braved through the summer heat for this year's JuneteenthKC 2022 Heritage Festival. Mekhi Willis helped serve fun, sugary drinks inside one building filled with other vendors.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Juneteenth is recognized annually on June 19, but there are events going on all weekend in Kansas City. Officially known as Juneteenth National Independence Day, it's the nation's newest holiday. President Joe Biden signed a law last year designating Juneteenth as the 12th federal holiday in the United States.
Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the official ending of slavery in the United States. Although enslaved people were emancipated throughout the Confederacy by Abraham Lincoln on Jan. 1, 1863, it wasn't until June 19, 1865, that federal troops arrived at Galveston, Texas, to free the remaining enslaved people in the remote Confederate stronghold.
Gospel music, DJ battles, spoken word poetry and music on multiple stages blasted throughout the JuneteenthKC Heritage Festival in Kansas City's Historic 18th and Vine district on Saturday. Attendees visited vendors and a car show and danced in the streets to celebrate freedom and Black culture.
Administrative offices for the City of Kansas City will be closed on Monday, June 20, in observance of the Juneteenth holiday. Trash, recycling and bulky-item collection will be affected. The holiday schedule means these pickups will be delayed by a day, so if your normal trash and recycling day is Monday, it will be picked up on Tuesday.
Give Black aims for $500K in Juneteenth donations; organizers say public urgency to support Black businesses dropping
Black-led and Black-serving organizations are expected to get a boost this week in the runup to Juneteenth as the Give Black campaign returns in its third year. Organized byKansas City GIFT (Generating Income For Tomorrow) and BeGreat Together, the campaign runs June 13-18 with a goal to raise $500,000.
The newest US federal holiday, Juneteenth, has been celebrated by African Americans for more than 150 years. The day commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. It was first celebrated on June 19, 1866
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