City to Hold Its Inaugural Juneteenth Celebration

The City of Rockville will observe Juneteenth, Saturday, June 19, as a city holiday for the first time this year with a panel discussion and community service activities.

The panel discussion will focus on racial equity, social justice and economic development as a means toward achieving equity and justice. Panelists will include residents, members of Rockville’s Mayor and Council, and city staff. The discussion will be prerecorded and available for viewing on June 19 on Rockville 11 (channel 11 on county cable), on the city’s YouTube channel and on the city’s website, where additional information about the discussion and holiday events will be posted as it becomes available.

The city will also coordinate with community groups to provide opportunities for residents to participate in community service activities.

The holiday commemorates June 19, 1865, when the Union army arrived in Texas bearing federal orders proclaiming the end of slavery.

In July 2020, the Mayor and Council approved a resolution making Rockville the first municipality in Maryland to recognize Juneteenth as a paid city holiday.

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