MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI – Juneteenth will be celebrated in Muskegon Heights this year with a no cost neighborhood celebration.

Households are invited to deliver a lawn chair and head to Mona Lake Park, 347 Lakeshore Boulevard, at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 19.

Fireworks will start at dusk.

Jennifer Ross arranged a Juneteenth fireworks clearly show final 12 months, but she explained this year’s celebration will be more substantial with reside music from U’Neek Soul, games, foods and voter registration.

Ross hopes the event raises awareness about Juneteenth, the yearly getaway that celebrates the conclusion of slavery in the United States.

“That it is Independence Day for African Us citizens,” she reported.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865 when the last remaining enslaved persons had been informed of the finish of the Civil War. It was much more than two a long time immediately after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation that Significant Normal Gordon Granger shipped the news to 250,000 enslaved men and women in Galveston, Texas.

“This is a working day for us to celebrate. Celebrate every single other, celebrate communities, rejoice households — just as any one else’s Independence Day would celebrate,” Ross stated.

Donations to aid this year’s celebration can be built to Ross on Dollars App, $bartenderjen.

Muskegon’s to start with Black Business enterprise Expo is also being held on June 19 at the Van Dyk Property finance loan Conference Middle. Organizers say the party is a celebration of Black heritage, business enterprise and fashion.

Other Juneteenth gatherings are using position all around West Michigan such as a celebration at Joe Taylor Park in Grand Rapids, a independence competition in Holland with a COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinic and a sequence of events in Kalamazoo.

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