Councilman Andrews to Host the Annual Juneteenth Celebration Saturday
2014-06-13 · By Editor
Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews, along with the Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine, Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, Long Beach Boys & Girls Club will host the Annual Juneteenth Celebration, from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, on Saturday, June 14th, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue, Long Beach, CA.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.
“This is another major event that brings all nationalities together to celebrate another part of American History. I love the way we come gather in a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy good food and good fun” said Councilman Dee Andrews.
The celebration will showcase performances by the headliner BOXCAR 7, as well as, R&B/Jazz group Rush Hour, gospel performers The Roberts Boys, Detroit Style Steppers, Poet Inks and Dayz & Dupree. There will also be a good ole fashion community BBQ with hamburgers and hot dogs, as well as, the annual domino tournament. St. Mary Medical Center will be hosting a Health Pavilion, which includes a number of free health screenings. Kids will enjoy a spectacular children’s area with plenty of games, jumpers, arts & crafts and much more. There’s something for everyone at this year’s celebration!
As a reminder, the celebration is a free open-air festival, so bring your own chairs and blankets for seating. For more information call the Office of Councilman Dee Andrews at (562) 570-6816.