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Juneteenth celebrations take place around Las Vegas valley

Posted at 11:50 PM, Jun 19, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Celebrations took place across the country on Friday, including in Southern Nevada, for Juneteenth.

The 155th anniversary commemorates the day when enslaved people of Galveston, Texas.

Specifically, it commemorates Union army general Gordon Granger announcing federal orders in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, proclaiming that all people held as slaves in Texas were free.

The history of Juneteenth and why it is important

Celebrations date back to 1866, and the day is recognized by 47 states and is a paid holiday in a handful of states.

Many joined in gatherings and events around the Las Vegas valley to celebrate Juneteenth.

The festivities included events at Craig Ranch Park and Lorenzi Park.