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Published on June 16, 2024
Homestead City Offices to Close in Observance of Juneteenth on June 19Source: City of Homestead

In observance of Juneteenth, the City of Homestead's administrative offices will be closed on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, as reported by the city's official news release. The announcement outlined that routine operations would cease for the day in honor of the holiday, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, and services will resume on Thursday, June 20th.

The city has assured residents that the offices, along with other services like the local Cybrarium and Solid Waste Drop Site, will follow suit. According to an announcement on the city's website, these facilities will be reopening Thursday, willing to serve the community after the one-day hiatus.

Juneteenth, now recognized as a federal holiday as of 2021, has been a day of reflection and celebration among African American communities for over a century and a half. It marks the day in 1865 when Union soldiers brought news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas – a full two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.