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Published on June 16, 2024
Apple Valley Municipal Center to Close for Juneteenth, Local Amenities Remain OpenSource: William Wesen (Appraiser at English Wikipedia), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

In observance of Juneteenth, the day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, the Apple Valley Municipal Center has announced it will be closed on Monday, June 19. This follows the recent legislation establishing Juneteenth as a state-recognized holiday. While the municipal offices take a pause to honor this historic day, some other local facilities will keep their doors open to the public.

According to an announcement on the City of Apple Valley's official website, while administrative operations at the municipal center will not be available, Apple Valley residents will still be able to enjoy several community amenities. Among those staying open are the family-friendly Apple Valley Family Aquatic Center, the Redwood Community Pool for swimmers, and the Valleywood Golf Course for those looking to hit the links on the holiday.

Additionally, the Apple Valley Community Center and the Senior Center will continue their operations, providing space and services for gatherings and various activities that day. And for those who may want to stock up for celebrations or simply enjoy a day off, Apple Valley Liquor will also be open from 10 am to 6 pm.

Juneteenth is a significant addition to the roster of federal and state holidays as it marks June 19, 1865, the day when the last enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, learned of their freedom, over two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. It is a time for reflection on the nation's history and commemoration of the strides toward freedom and equality, a journey that continues to this very day. For more details on the holiday hours and open facilities, visit the City of Apple Valley website.