Saturday is Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
Background: On June 19, 1865, enslaved people in Galveston, Texas learned they were free — more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863.
- A bill declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday was passed by the House and Senate this week.
- The city of Minneapolis designated it a holiday this year. City offices will be closed on Friday.
Here's what's happening around the Twin Cities:
- Friday is Juneteenth Family Night at Creekview Park, hosted by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Music, a youth dance performance and activity bags provided. Virtual community panels will also be streamed tonight and Saturday.
- The Juneteenth Revolutionary BlackOut Bike Ride returns on Saturday at Theodore Wirth Park. Get outdoors, listen to music and enjoy food from local Black farmers and chefs.
- Also on Saturday, Black Lives Minnesota and others are holding a Reparations Juneteenth Celebration at the State Capitol.
- Midtown Global Market will host a full Saturday afternoon of entertaining and educational programming, including some Juneteenth food specials.
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