- Arlington Young Democrats and ARL Dems Juneteenth Celebration of Black Art & Culture; online event. https://arlingtondemocrats.org/event/ayd-juneteenth-celebration-of-black-art-culture
- Juneteenth In The Commonwealth, Join the Virginia NAACP for its inaugural Juneteenth event. Saturday, June 19, 2021 – 7 pm ET, (Zoom link provided 48 hours prior to the event)
Juneteenth represents June 19, 1865, the day enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, heard that they were free. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of 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. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. According to Arlington Connection, "Juneteenth celebrations are a lot like the Fourth of July. People wear red, white and blue because those colors represent the American flag, a reminder that slaves and their descendants were and are Americans. Picnics featuring traditional African-American foods and music characterize Juneteenth celebrations. Virginia made Juneteenth a state holiday last year." As per Arlington Connection, "A search of Juneteenth and Arlington mostly turns up the fact that government offices and libraries are closed June 18 and 19.