CARRBORO, N.C. -- The Town of Carrboro will celebrate Juneteenth as a holiday on Friday, June 18. Household trash will not be collected on Friday. Residents who normally receive waste collection services on Friday will be serviced on Monday, June 21. Town government offices will be closed on Friday.
Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration marking the end of slavery in the United States, is observed on June 19. It was originally celebrated June 19, 1865, the day Union soldiers told enslaved Black Americans in Galveston, Texas, the war was over and they were free. The news arrived more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
The Carrboro Town Council unanimously voted on July 14, 2020, to recognize June 19, or Juneteenth, as a paid town holiday. The holiday is also recognized by the towns of Chapel Hill and Hillsborough, and Orange County.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Juneteenth Celebration
- A coalition of local organizations invites the community to be a part of the first annual Chapel Hill-Carrboro Juneteenth Celebration. Planning partners include the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School Office of Equity and Inclusion, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP, the Marion Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History, and many others.
- The event will celebrate Black community and culture through arts performances, history exhibits, kids’ activities, and more. This year’s event will be mostly virtual, with a limited number of in-person and hybrid offerings. Events start on June 18 at 7 p.m. and continue throughout the day on June 19.
- Learn more at https://www.chapelhillarts.org/calendar/juneteenth-celebration