Days after Juneteenth became an official federal holiday, Delaware County honored and celebrated the occasion with events and commemorations throughout the area.
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The Lehigh Valley will mark Juneteenth this year, as a day filled with celebrations and commemorations.
"What a wonderful day it is! Hallelujah!"
June 19 is 'the date on which the news of the end of slavery reached the slaves in the southwestern states.'
Mayor Eddie Moran of Reading has signed an order making Juneteenth a holiday in the city on Tuesday.
The City of Allentown will mark an observance of Juneteenth, with a day-long family friendly celebration on Saturday, June 19.
The county commissioners will consider adding the holiday, also known as Freedom Day and Emancipation Day, at their Nov. 24 meeting.
Montgomery County offices and facilities will be closed to the public on Friday, June 19, to observe Juneteenth, a day honoring the end of slavery in the United States.