A guide to Juneteenth in Long Beach
This Saturday is Juneteenth, the annual festival honoring the abolition of slavery in the United States, and many events are going to occur across Long Beach.
Backstory: On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and told enslaved African Americans that they were free. The troops’ arrival came two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
Celebrations incorporate parades, concerts, and readings of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Here are some ways to celebrate Juneteenth in the LBC this year:
The Downtown Long Beach Alliance will be holding "The Long Beach Juneteenth Celebration" on Pine Ave from 11:00 am to 4:00 p.m.
The Asian Industry B2B will be holding Freedom: Keep Inner Cities Safe from 11 am to 2 pm at El Dorado Nature Center.
The Cultural Alliance of Long Beach will be holding Juneteenth Celebration Freedom & Unity on Sunday, June 20, from 1 p.m to 4 p.m p.m. at Martin Luther King Junior Park.
Earlier this week:
On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed legislation establishing Juneteenth as a new federal holiday.
In Long Beach: On June 1, 2021, the Long Beach City Council unanimously supported a motion brought forth by Councilmember Al Austin, Councilwoman Mary Zendejas, and Vice Mayor Rex Richardson to draft a resolution calling upon President Biden to make Juneteenth a national holiday.
In observance of Juneteenth, City of Long Beach facilities and services will adhere to the following schedule.
Open on Monday, June 21, during regular business hours:
All City-run COVID-19 testing sites, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Mobile vaccination clinic at Admiral Kidd Park
Fire Stations and Lifeguard Stations
All City parks and trails
Long Beach Airport
El Dorado Regional Park (El Dorado Nature Center is closed)
Marina offices (Alamitos Bay Marina, Shoreline Marina)*
Main Police Station Front Desk
Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) summer programs
Refuse and Recycling Collection
Gas Services Dispatch (562.570.2140) open 24/7 for emergency calls
Water/Sewer Dispatch (562.570.2390) open 24/7 for emergency calls
Building and Safety inspections
Closed on Monday, June 21:
Joint Information Center (562.570.NEWS), Community Hotline (562.570.INFO), Resource Hotline (562.570.INFO, option 5), Business Hotline (562.570.4BIZ)
Evening COVID-19 vaccination clinic located at Long Beach City College Pacific Coast Campus
Animal Care Services and spcaLA*
Billie Jean King Main Library, all branch libraries, including LBPL To-Go pickup services and Library offices (digital resources available 24/7); Also closed on Tuesday, June 22
WorkPlace, Youth Opportunity Center and Pacific Gateway Administrative offices*
Citizen Police Complaint Commission
Building and Safety services, including plan reviews and Permit Center*
Code Enforcement services, including the COVID-19 Venue Task Force
Energy Resources offices
Fire Headquarters, Support Services, Fire Prevention & Operations, including Marine Safety Administration
Health Department and Health facilities*
Long Beach Airport administration offices
Neighborhood Resource Center*
Park offices and community park facilities*
Special Events and Filming
Towing and Lien Sales
Water Department offices
Gas, Water and Refuse Call Centers