All Arlington County offices, including all Library locations and services, will be closed Friday, June 18 – Saturday, June 19, in honor of Juneteenth.
Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865, and is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of that event.
Local Juneteenth events include:
- The 2021 Juneteenth Peace Rally, hosted by the Arlington Black Employees Council on Thursday, June 17. The program includes powerful speaker and performers; watch the video on YouTube and Facebook.
- Ringing the bell in Constitution Garden Park in Bluemont.
- Attending Sounds of Hope and Harmony (paid ticketed event) by the Coalition of African Americans in the Arts, and with ONE DC at the Black Workers and Wellness Center in Anacostia.
Virginia is celebrating the holiday all month long with events, speaker series, tours, and virtual offerings across the commonwealth.