• Matt Esnayra

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:

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

  • Swimming pools

  • 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*

  • City Hall*

  • 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*

  • Housing Authority*

  • Long Beach Airport administration offices

  • Neighborhood Resource Center*

  • Park offices and community park facilities*

  • Special Events and Filming

  • Street sweeping

  • Towing and Lien Sales

  • Water Department offices

  • Gas, Water and Refuse Call Centers

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