This weekend, multiple Juneteenth celebrations will take place in Long Beach to celebrate Black culture and unity. The Long Beach Juneteenth Celebration will feature music performances, poetry and activities at Rainbow Lagoon Park Saturday. 

Also on Saturday, the Juneteenth Festival and Block Party will feature vendors, games, music, dancing and live entertainment at St. Luke Holy Baptist Church from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Juneteenth celebrations will also take place around the Los Angeles region, but the actual holiday falls on Wednesday, June 19. 

The history of Juneteenth dates back to June 19, 1865 when African American slaves in Texas were freed at the conclusion of the Civil War, over two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. 

In 1979, Juneteenth became a state holiday in Texas, and after decades of legislative efforts at the national level, officially became a federal holiday in 2021 with the passing of the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act.

From left to right, Megan Greenidge, Brymm Turner, Nigel Lifsey, Westley Porter, Michele Ocen, Chatiera Ray, and LaRonica Southerland, who are all members of Urban Society LB or the Cray Project, pose for a picture in front the Martin Luther King, Jr. statue at MLK Park on June 18, 2021. (Richard H. Grant | Signal Tribune)

Several Long Beach City offices, libraries and services will be closed or halted for the Juneteenth federal holiday: 

Online Services

Permits, Cashiering/Payment Processing, Utility Customer Service, Billing and Collections, and Parking Citations all have online services. The public is encouraged to continue taking advantage of the online resources available on the City website, including building permit services and bill payment options.

Street Sweeping
There will be no scheduled street sweeping or enforcement of street sweeping violations on Wednesday, June 19. Street sweeping will resume its regular schedule on Thursday, June 20.

Parking Enforcement
Read your parking meter: Citywide parking violations, including parking meters, will be enforced on Wednesday, June 19, unless the meter states “Exempt on Holidays.” The days and hours of enforcement are displayed inside the meters.

Refuse/Recycling
Refuse and recycling will be collected as scheduled on Wednesday, June 19.

Trash cans wait to be picked up on trash day in the Belmont Shore neighborhood of Long Beach on August 3, 2021. (Richard H. Grant | Signal Tribune)

Towing and Lien Sales
The Towing Operations and Vehicle Storage Facility (3111 E. Willow St., between Temple Avenue and Redondo Avenue) will be closed on Wednesday, June 19. Normal business hours are:  

  • Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Closed Sunday and holidays.

Vehicles and property are available for release outside of the hours listed above for an additional fee. More information can be found online.

Libraries
All Long Beach Public Library locations and services, including the main phone line, will be closed on Wednesday, June 19. Libraries are not open Sundays per their normal schedule. Library patrons are encouraged to utilize the Library’s vast collection of digital resources, including the Library catalog, downloads, and databases, available 24/7.

Open on Wednesday, June 19:

  • All City parks and trails (excluding El Dorado Nature Center)
  • El Dorado Regional Park
  • Fire Stations and Lifeguard Stations
  • Long Beach Airport
  • Main Police Station Front Desk
  • Marina offices (Alamitos Bay Marina, Shoreline Marina) 
  • Gas Services Dispatch (562.570.2140) open 24/7 for emergency calls
  • Water/Sewer Dispatch (562.570.2390) open 24/7 for emergency calls
A view of the front entrance of the Billie Jean King Main Library in Long Beach on May 13, 2022. The library was renamed in dedication to the Long Beach native and tennis player in 2019. (Richard H. Grant | Signal Tribune)

Closed on Wednesday, June 19:

  • Billie Jean King Main Library, all branch libraries, including library offices (digital resources available 24/7) 
  • BizCare Hotline (562.570.4BIZ) 
  • Building and Safety services, including the Permit Center, inspections and plan reviews 
  • City Hall
  • City-operated pools 
  • City Prosecutor’s Office
  • Code Enforcement services 
  • El Dorado Nature Center
  • Energy Resources offices
  • Fire Headquarters, Support Services, Fire Prevention & Operations, including Marine Safety Administration 
  • Health Department and Health facilities 
  • Homeless Services Outreach Line (562.570.4672) 
  • Housing Authority
  • LB Resource Hotline (562.570.4246) 
  • Long Beach Airport administration offices 
  • Long Beach Animal Care Services and spcaLA
  • Long Beach Utilities offices
  • Mobile Access Centers
  • Neighborhood Resource Center 
  • Parks, Recreation and Marine programs and community park facilities 
  • Public Health Information Line (562.570.7907) 
  • Refuse and Recycling administrative offices
  • Special Events and Filming offices
  • Street sweeping 
  • Towing and Lien Sales 
  • WorkPlace, Future LB and Pacific Gateway Administrative offices