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Celebrations planned for Juneteenth weekend

(Source: Imani Edu-Tainers African Dance Co.)

A flag-raising in Lancaster’s Penn Square Friday morning will kick off a weekend of Juneteenth observances in Lancaster.

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S.; specifically, the order of emancipation issued by Union Army Gen. Gordon Granger in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865. Last year, President Biden signed a law making it a federal holiday.

Among the free local Juneteenth community events here are the following:

(Source: Lititz Chooses Love)
  • 11 a.m. Friday: Flag-raising in Penn Square. Hosted by the Lancaster NAACP and the city of Lancaster.
  • Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday: Juneteenth celebration, Lititz Springs Park. Hosted by Lititz Chooses Love and The Leon Block Independent Media.
  • 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday: Juneteenth celebration at the Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster. Hosted by by Imani Edu-Tainers African Dance Co. Activities include dance and arts classes, an art exhibit and a virtual lecture.
  • 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday: Juneteenth Cultural Mixer, Crispus Attucks Community Center, 407 Howard Ave., Lancaster. Event will include history, performances and time to reflect. Food and beverages will be provided. Registration is encouraged. To register, click here.