Thursday, June 16, 2022

Get Out! Juneteenth events on June 19th...and June 16th, 17th, 18th, and 20th

by Peggy Robin

So much happening in and around DC for the second annual celebration of Juneteenth as a national holiday! 

The federal government's day off occurs on the nearest Monday to June 19th -- that is, June 20th, and on that date you can expect all the usual holiday closings of government offices (both DC and federal), plus a parking meter holiday, and of course, the "trash slide" for those who get their trash and recycling picked up by DC Sanitation.

As for events....too many good ones for me to list here, so I'm taking the lazy way out and sending you over to the Washington Post's Juneteenth Guide at: 

Looking over what's in the Post guide, I'll put in a couple of quick votes* for these events:

Juneteenth: A Celebration - at the National Archives.
June 18-20,  10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The centerpiece over these three days is the display of the original Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln, and General Order #3 (which transmitted the news of emancipation to the residents of the state of Texas). 

On Friday, June 17 from 7 - 8 PM we join with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) for a discussion with a musical performance. Moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Clark-Lewis, professor of history at Howard University, the program will include Dr. Anton House, Delaware State University, and Don and Jocelyn Pinkard, members of the ASALH Dallas Branch. Violinist Gabrielle Clover will perform. 

Extended hours: The National Archives Museum will be open to the public until 7 p.m. on June 18, 19, and 20 for the Juneteenth weekend. 


Monday, June 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Juneteenth Community Day celebrations - a panoply of family-friendly events staged by the National Museum of African American History and Culture - free but tickets required. 

* Speaking of votes, DC's drop-boxes are accepting ballots through June 21. You can vote in-person at any early voting center through June 19. If you want to vote in person at your assigned precinct, you can do that on election day, Tuesday, June 21 from 7am - 8pm. If you are mailing in your ballot, it must be postmarked by June 21 and received at the Board of Election by June 28 to be counted.  


The "Get Out!" events of the week column is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Thursdays. 

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