McAllen Juneteenth celebrations and events will begin June 13 and run until June 19. Events on the schedule include clean-up events, cultural arts and book displays, and a documentary and screening. This year’s celebration theme is “Perfecting Unity.”
Juneteenth is the oldest national commemoration of the abolition of slavery in the United States. The celebration is state holiday or special day of observance in 45 states, including Texas, every June 19.
“It is important to recognize the historical and cultural contributions of African-Americans to the city and appreciate the value of diversity. We are devoted to ensuring the equitable and inclusive treatment of all citizens and visitors to our community,” said Mayor Jim Darling. “In fact, now more than ever, we need healthy and respectful dialogue that addresses the issue of race relations of this and every community in the United States. I hope everyone in the community can come take part of this celebration.”
The finale of McAllen’s celebrations is June 19 with a schedule recognizing Juneteenth. A “CARavan” will take off from Faith Fellowship Church, 600 South 21st Street, starting at 10 a.m. It will then head to Bethel Garden, 1322 South 16th Street, for a brief reflection service. Immediately following the ceremony, the CARavan will make its way to McAllen City Hall, 1300 W. Houston Ave., for a proclamation celebration. McAllen Mayor Jim Darling will deliver this at 11 a.m. in the McAllen Commission Chamber.