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Published on June 20, 2024
Maple Grove City Offices to Close for Juneteenth Celebration, Community Event Planned at Town GreenSource: Facebook/City of Maple Grove, MN - Local Government

In observance of Juneteenth, the City of Maple Grove announced the closure of its offices on Wednesday, June 19. The federal holiday, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, is specified to be a day off for employees within the municipal structure. Details about the closures were shared on the city's official Facebook page.

Alongside the announcement, the city invited the community to come together and celebrate the holiday at Town Green from 5 to 9 p.m. The event promises to be an engaging experience with an enticing mix of food, entertainment, and activities designed to entertain kids. Furthermore, a vendor fair will be part of the festivities, according to the same social media post. The event seems to be aimed at both acknowledging the historical significance of the day and fostering a sense of community among residents of Maple Grove.

Juneteenth marks a pivotal moment in American history, the day when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, to ensure that all enslaved people were freed, in the wake of the Confederacy's defeat. The holiday has gained recognition and resonated deeply amidst growing awareness and calls for racial justice and equity in the United States.

Maple Grove has joined a growing list of cities and organizations choosing to formally recognize Juneteenth as a holiday, a move that underlines a commitment to remember to always move forward the historical narrative of freedom and progress. The community celebration at Town Green aims to provide a venue for people of all ages to learn, reflect, and come together in a shared space that honors the struggles and triumphs of those who fought for freedom.