(courtesy of Herb Wesson’s Office)

Are you ready for the biggest event of the summer?

The 10th Council District in collaboration with Leimert Park Rising will co-sponsoring   this year’s Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 18th in Leimert Park Village to commemorate the holiday.

“Juneteenth is a time to reflect, celebrate, and honor our ancestors. It is not only a day of celebration for black history and culture; but a day of commemorating Black freedom,” said Herb Wesson. “As the Councilmember of the 10th District, home to Leimert Park, I am proud to support this year’s festival.”

Due to the increased interest in the newly designated federal holiday, and an uptick in visitors to the cultural hub that is Leimert Park Village, this year’s festival will take place in a much larger footprint–stretching from Leimert Blvd to Degnan and Crenshaw Blvds. As the leading sponsor of this year’s music festivities, Amazon Music will be featuring numerous artists on the main stage, located on Leimert Blvd. The highly-anticipated festival will kick off from 12pm to 9pm and will be free to the public. Attendees will also be able to enjoy Black art, food, kids activities, live music and more as well as support local black businesses.

Juneteenth pays tribute to the journey of freedom and celebrates the contributions, ingenuity and sacrifices of Black people in this country. In what began in Galveston, Texas 1865, when Union Army General Gordon Granger issued a proclamation which ordered the freedom of more than 250,000 enslaved Black people in the state of Texas, it was made an official federal holiday 2021 in the wake of protest of the killing of George Floyd. Rich with black history, and deemed a long-time epicenter for Afro-centric culture and commerce, Leimert Park is the premiere destination to celebrate Junteenth in Los Angeles.

For additional information about the festival, please visit: www.leimertparkjuneteenth.com