Community organizations start June 16 celebrations early

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Members of the Huntsville community celebrated Juneteenth on Saturday with food, music and festivities.

The June 19 holiday commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Memorial Day was first celebrated in Texas in 1865, but celebrations now take place across the country.

The official holiday is June 19, but the North Huntsville Business Association started the celebrations a little early.

Director Judy Havin said it’s important to remember the story behind the holiday, and Saturday’s event exists to bring the community together.

“Celebrating for the community is fun, it’s food, it’s kids laughing and playing, and it’s also the understanding of some of our organizations who are here today to include the city from Huntsville, to talk about some of the things available to the community that they may not have known about,” Harvin said.

Harvin said the celebration was meant to be both fun and educational. The mission is to promote diversity, unity and peace.

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