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Sacramento’s annual Juneteenth Festival delights, educates crowds Saturday

Music, family and history filled Sacramento William Land Park on Saturday for the annual Sacramento Juneteenth Festival. “We have a lot of people here who enjoy the day and celebrate June,” said Gary Simon, chief executive of Sacramento Juneteenth, Inc. “It’s important to continue to honor our ancestors.” The annual Sacramento June Festival kicked off on Friday. On Saturday, the families watched the spectacle and the sounds, while also remembering the historical significance of the Juneteenth vacation. Juneteenth marks the end of slavery in the United States. June 19, 1865, was the day black slaves in Galveston, Texas learned of their freedom from Union soldiers. This came two months after the Confederacy surrendered to the Civil War and more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Declaration of Emancipation. African Americans have been celebrating June 1 as their own Independence Day since the late 19th century, according to the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation. Last year, President Joe Biden signed a bill that officially made a federal holiday on June Day. As Sunday the 19th falls, the federal holiday will fall on Monday this year. “People need to know about June and why we celebrate it, really recognizing when people recognize that we were truly free as a people,” said Brian Cooper. who attended the event with his family. Cooper said he was happy to see so many people attend such a positive event. Vendors, as well as local and state agencies, set up kiosks. Representatives from the Greater Sacramento Urban League provided employment and housing information, as well as test kits for COVID-19. “We are an organization that helps elevate and empower people of color and others throughout Sacramento and beyond,” said Ronnie Cobb, of the organization. “It is wonderful to have this balance, let’s celebrate it, but let ‘s also face reality. “Let’s keep going.” Sacramento Juneteenth, Inc. was founded in 2001 and has been celebrating Juneteenth since its inception. “It’s just my heart to see it all,” said Janice Eaton, who traveled from Fairfield to attend Saturday’s celebrations. A June golf tournament is scheduled for Sunday .– The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Music, family and history filled Sacramento’s William Land Park on Saturday for the annual Sacramento Juneteenth Festival.

“We have a lot of people out there enjoying the day and celebrating the fourth day,” said Gary Simon, chief executive of Sacramento Juneteenth, Inc. “It’s important that we continue to honor our ancestors.”

The annual Sacramento June Festival kicked off on Friday. On Saturday, families watched the spectacle and the sounds, while also remembering the historical significance of the June holiday.

June marks the end of slavery in the United States. June 19, 1865, was the day black slaves in Galveston, Texas learned of their freedom from Union soldiers. This came two months after the Confederacy surrendered to the Civil War and more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Declaration of Emancipation.

African Americans have been celebrating Juneteenth as their own Independence Day since the late 19th century, according to the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation.

Last year, President Joe Biden signed a bill that officially made a federal holiday on June Day. As Sunday the 19th falls, the federal holiday will fall on Monday this year.

“People need to know about Juneteenth and why we celebrate it, really recognizing when people recognize that we were truly free as a people,” said Brian Cooper, who attended the event with his family.

Cooper said he was happy to see so many people participating in such a positive event.

Vendors, as well as local and state agencies, are setting up kiosks. Representatives from the Greater Sacramento Urban League provided employment and housing information, as well as test kits for COVID-19.

“We are an organization that helps elevate and empower people of color and others throughout Sacramento and beyond,” said Ronnie Cobb, of the organization. “It is wonderful to have this balance, let’s celebrate it, but let ‘s also face reality. Let’s keep going. “

Sacramento Juneteenth, Inc. was founded in 2001 and has been celebrating Juneteenth since its inception.

“It’s just my heart to see it all,” said Janice Eaton, who traveled from Fairfield to attend Saturday’s celebrations.

A June golf tournament is scheduled for Sunday.

–The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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