Akron to hold Juneteenth celebrations following cancellation of weekend events

Akron to hold Juneteenth celebrations following cancellation of weekend events
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AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) – Akron Mayor Shammas Malik announced Monday that the Akron Urban League will be holding a Juneteenth Celebration Wednesday.

The event is being held in collaboration wit the city, according to the mayor, at the John S. Knight Center.

The Wednesday event runs from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., according to the mayor.

The announcement comes days after Malik announced the city had canceled weekend events, including several Juneteenth events.

The city says safety remains a top priority, and that safety and emergency officials will be present, along with security screenings.

Free parking will be available at the Broadway deck at 120 S. Broadway and the High Street deck adjacent to the Akron-Summit County Public Library – Main Library at 40 S. High Street.

“The City of Akron anticipates closing Mill Street between High and Broadway in front of the Knight Center as part of the event,” a release from the city says.

The mayor’s administration plans to work with organizers of reschedule neighborhood celebrations for later on in the summer, and to do the same with organizers of other cancelled events, including the North Hill 5K and the American Heart Association Heart Walk.

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