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San Antonio celebrates Juneteenth for the first time as a federal holiday

SAN ANTONIO – People have been celebrating Juneteenth for 165 years. Here in Texas, it’s been a state holiday since 1979.

But for the first time, all Americans are celebrating Juneteenth as a federal holiday. This comes after President Joe Biden signed long-awaited laws making it a federal holiday earlier this week.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg took half in Saturday’s Juneteenth festivities in San Antonio by studying a metropolis proclamation at a native occasion, hosted by the Dream Big Scholarship Foundation, making Juneteenth an official metropolis holiday.

“Today is a day of celebration, but also of recognizing the work that’s left ahead of us,” Nirenberg stated.

Most of the celebrations round city befell in District 2. Newly-elected metropolis council member Jalen McKee-Rodriguez was in attendance, and he stated the recognition of Juneteenth as a federal holiday is simply the starting.

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“Yes, Juneteenth is a time to celebrate, but it’s also a time to remember how far we have to go,” stated McKee-Rodriguez.

San Antonio residents additionally took half in block events to commemorate the holiday. The occasions introduced dwell music and meals, gathering households throughout the metropolis.

Juneteenth celebrates when Union troopers introduced phrase to Galveston, Texas that President Abraham Lincoln had freed the slaves, two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.

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