Special Edition: Juneteenth Holiday

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Arlington County celebrates Juneteenth this year by recognizing the contributions of Black Americans to our society, and specifically to our community. We are committed to preserving and honoring the history of those who sacrificed and paved the way for progress while ensuring equitable measures are implemented for the future of Arlington’s Black communities. Our work to forward racial equity in our governmental processes, investments and actions honor their resilience and reward their excellence. 

About Juneteenth: Short for June Nineteenth, it marks when Union Army soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, to declare that more than 250,000 enslaved Black people in the state (which was under Confederate control during the American Civil War) were freed through the Emancipation Proclamation made effective in 1863. It is an annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S. and was officially declared a federal holiday in 2021.

Juneteenth Events Around Arlington 


FREED Sculpture at John Robinson, Jr. Town Square.

Designed by artist Walter Hood, the FREED sculpture at the John Robinson, Jr. Town Square pays homage to the notion of freedom and Freedman’s Village, a 19th century community for escaped slaves and free persons established in Arlington at the end of the Civil War. 

Ways to Learn

Realizing Arlington’s Commitment to Equity

Arlington is committed to advancing racial equity by eliminating, reducing, and preventing disparities in our policies, procedures practices, engagement, and services. Learn more through our Race and Ethnicity Dashboard and our Racial History Timelines.


Interact with Arlington

Juneteenth Peace Rally

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Come join Arlington County Black Employees Council, virtually or in-person, for the 2022 Juneteenth Peace Rally on June 17.

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