Monday, June 19, 2023

June 19th is Juneteenth!

Officially recognized as a City holiday since 2020, and a federal holiday since 2021, Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Although the Emancipation Proclamation issued by Abraham Lincoln was meant to end institutional slavery in 1863 for confederate states, after the end of the Civil War, some former confederate states still refused to grant freedom to their enslaved populations. On June 19, 1865, the last African Americans enslaved were finally freed when Union Major General Gordon Granger went to Galveston, Texas to enforce the emancipation with General Order No. 3. Slavery was formally abolished in the United States with the adoption of the 13th amendment in December 1865.

All City offices will be closed on Monday, June 19 in observance of the Juneteenth holiday. Refuse and recycling will occur one day later than normal during this holiday week:

Monday collections will occur Tuesday, June 20
Tuesday collections will occur Wednesday, June 21
Wednesday collections will occur Thursday, June 22

Special collections for brush and bulky items will only be scheduled for Friday, June 23, of this holiday week. You must call 240-487-3590 or email to schedule a pickup before setting your items out to the curb.

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