The holiday commemorates June 19, 1865, when the Union army arrived in Texas bearing federal orders proclaiming the end of slavery. The orders arrived nearly two-and-a-half years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation declared that enslaved people living in the secessionist Confederate states were now free.
In July 2020, the Mayor and Council approved a resolution making Rockville the first municipality in Maryland to recognize Juneteenth as a paid city holiday.
The City of Rockville will observe Juneteenth, Saturday, June 19, as a city holiday for the first time this year with a panel discussion and community service activities.
Local Events on Juneteenth
Volunteer on Juneteenth
- Volunteer for service activities to maintain sites important to Rockville and its African American community. Community cleanups will be held in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, at the Mount Calvary Baptist Church cemetery and at Haiti Cemetery.
- Volunteer at locations around the city to educate people about Juneteenth and why it is important to celebrate, and about services in the City of Rockville. Volunteers will also help community members complete a city community survey. Adult volunteers will register community members for appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Most volunteer activities are family-friendly and open to all ages, and Student Service Learning hours are available. Find more information and register at www.rockvillemd.gov/volunteer.
- Learn more about the Emancipation Proclamation that was signed by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863. Through the National Archives, you can view a digital copy of the Emancipation Proclamation.
- Check out the City’s reading list on Juneteenth, racial equity and social justice.
For ADA modifications, please contact the city’s Americans with disabilities coordinator at 240-314-8108, email@example.com, TTY 240-314-8137 or Relay 711 by June 1.