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Sunday, June 19, 2022

Juneteenth has long been recognized as an important day among many Oak Parkers, and the Village Board made it official in 2020 when it voted unanimously to support a proclamation to formally observe the holiday here every June 19.

This year, the Village will celebrate with a flag-raising ceremony on June 11 and a parade followed by a community picnic on June 19 - click here for more details.

Juneteenth is an annual observance to remember when Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation and freed all remaining slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865. This day is an opportunity for people to celebrate freedom and equal rights. Click here to read more...

The video below was producd by VOP-TV some 18 years ago, one indication of just how long the Village of Oak Park has supported this important, now official holiday.