The City of North Las Vegas is the first municipality in Nevada to declare Juneteenth a holiday and close public buildings in its honor
North Las Vegas - The City of North Las Vegas is honoring Juneteenth by closing City Hall and City offices on Monday, June 20. The holiday will be observed annually in North Las Vegas on the third Monday in June.
“In North Las Vegas, we are proud to be one of the largest minority-majority cities in Nevada, and our City Council has led the way in recognizing the importance of honoring Juneteenth as a holiday in our community and for our team members,” City Manager Ryann Juden said. “This is a time for our community to reflect on the meaning of the day with family and loved ones."
Juneteenth (June 19) commemorates the emancipation of those who were enslaved in Texas in 1865, making it the final state to declare an end to institutional slavery, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
North Las Vegas became the first municipality in the state to formally recognize June 19 as Juneteenth, when the City Council passed Resolution 2665 in June 2021. That October, the City Council approved updated contracts with employee bargaining units to add Juneteenth as an official City holiday.
Additionally, the City will continue its annual commemoration of Juneteenth with a celebration and flag raising ceremony at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 16 at North Las Vegas City Hall, 2250 Las Vegas Blvd. North, North Las Vegas. The event is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.
“North Las Vegas’ diversity is the true fabric of our community, and it is something we celebrate year-round,” Mayor Pro Tem Pamela Goynes-Brown said “Juneteenth is a day that brings people of all races together to listen, learn and reflect as we pray for eternal peace. This is an opportunity to stand united and work together to end the cycle of racism and injustice that has plagued our society for far too long.”
The Juneteenth celebration will begin with a program and performances in City Council Chambers before moving outside for the raising of the Juneteenth Flag in front of City Hall.