Juneteenth is a U.S. national holiday commemorating June 19, 1865, as the day enslaved Black Americans in Galveston, Texas, received news that legalized slavery had ended two and a half years earlier when U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863. The significance of the holiday honors the legacy and contributions of the enslaved to our American story. It is also a moment for meaningful retrospection of viewing race as a social construct with the goal of creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive Redmond.
City facilities will be closed on Monday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth. Fire, police, and other critical services will remain fully operational.