STOCKBRIDGE — The city of Stockbridge will celebrate Juneteenth 2021 during June 14 and June 19. Community members are encouraged to visit participating area restaurants throughout the week and enjoy restaurant specific Juneteenth menu specials. The city  will host a free drive-through gift bag giveaway on Thursday, June 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Merle Manders Conference Center located at 111 Davis Road. The city event will include live entertainment. Participation is free for everyone. As a COVID-19 precaution, masks are encouraged for all attendees.

Juneteenth is a popular holiday that now celebrates the emancipation of African Americans throughout the United States. The historical celebration originated in Galveston, Texas. Juneteenth is commemorated on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865 announcement of General Order Number 3 by Union Army General Gordon Granger, which proclaimed freedom for African Americans in Texas. In observance of Juneteenth, the city of Stockbridge will close its offices on Friday, June 18. Offices will reopen on the following Monday.

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