Celebrate Juneteenth 2020

Ways to Observe Juneteenth Locally
Posted on 06/18/2020
Celebrate Juneteenth Freedom.

This Friday, June 19, 2020, communities across the country will celebrate the end of African American slavery in the U.S. during Juneteenth celebrations and actions. During their Monday, June 15 council meeting, the Burien City Council issued a proclamation commemorating Juneteenth in Burien.

Juneteenth and Bike Everywhere Day

The Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department is asking community members to help observe Bike Everywhere Day and Juneteenth by taking one of the following actions:

Read, Watch, and Learn about Juneteenth

  • Watch a live webcast: The Northwest African American Museum is joining six other Black museums to commemorate the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth. You can watch a live video webcast of Juneteenth 2020: Justice, Freedom, Democracy on June 19 at 9 a.m.
  • Read a book: You can purchase books about Black history and from one of our two local bookstores (find them on bookshop.org). Three Tree Books, thanks to an anonymous donor, is giving away anti-racism books in front of their store.
  • Learn the history: Juneteenth is a holiday held on June 19 to commemorate the day in 1865 when news of their freedom finally reached enslaved African Americans in Texas. The announcement came two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863. Learn more about the history of Juneteenth.