Several events took place across the city on Saturday, June 19 in honor of Juneteenth, commemorating the day when the last slaves were freed in the United States in 1865. This year’s occasion carried special meaning when President Joe Biden signed a bill last Thursday establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Numerous celebrations took place including the first city sponsored Juneteenth celebration last Friday at St. Nicholas Park in Harlem attended by Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray. A Juneteenth flag was raised at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building Plaza by community organizations Creating Unity in the Community, Brownsville Heritage House, Inc. and Project Africa Restoration.