Juneteenth

The holiday commemorates June 19, 1865, when the Union army arrived in Texas bearing federal orders proclaiming the end of slavery. The orders arrived nearly two-and-a-half years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation declared that enslaved people living in the secessionist Confederate states were now free.

In July 2020, the Mayor and Council approved a resolution making Rockville the first municipality in Maryland to recognize Juneteenth as a paid city holiday.

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Celebrate 2022 Juneteenth with Rockville and Montgomery County Neighbors


The City of Rockville will join Montgomery County to celebrate Juneteenth at a special event featuring live music, food, art, films and awards from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, June 18 at the BlackRock Center for the Arts. 

BlackRock is located at 12901 Town Commons Drive in Germantown.

The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights coordinates the program, which also features the Living Legends Awards honoring county residents who have helped shape the cultural heritage of the African American community. Look for a City of Rockville table and city representatives at the celebration. 

For a complete schedule of events, please visit www.blackrockcenter.org/juneteenth.

Watch the 2021 Inaugural Celebration

Volunteer on Juneteenth

  • The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights is seeking volunteers to assist with the Juneteenth Celebration held at the BlackRock Center for the Arts, located at 12901 Town Commons Drive in Germantown on Saturday, June 18th. Sign up at the Montgomery County Volunteer Center.
  • The City of Rockville's volunteer activities are family-friendly and open to all ages, and Student Service Learning hours are available. Activities, such as Weed Warrior Workdays, are available in June for those who register online. Find more information and register at www.rockvillemd.gov/volunteer.

Learn More

  • Learn more about the Emancipation Proclamation that was signed by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863. Through the National Archives, you can view a digital copy of the Emancipation Proclamation.
  • Check out the City’s reading list on Juneteenth, racial equity and social justice.

For ADA modifications, please contact the city’s Americans with disabilities coordinator at 240-314-8304, ahoy@rockvillemd.gov, TTY 240-314-8137 or Relay 711 by June 1.