City to officially observe holiday for the first time in 2022

All City of Boulder administrative facilities will be closed Monday, June 20 in observance of the Juneteenth holiday. The following facilities and services will be open:

  • Parks and Recreation facilities will be open for normal operating hours.

  • Open Space and Mountain Parks trails and trailheads will be open. Visit OSMPTrails.org to plan your visit to city open space. Remember to be prepared and prevent wildfires by recreating responsibly.

  • All Boulder Public Library locations will be closed on Sunday, June 19. Normal operating hours will resume on Monday, June 20.

  • Parking is free on city streets and in all city-owned lots and downtown garages on Monday, June 20.

  • Paid parking is in effect at/near Chautauqua Park on Monday, June 20, and the free Park-to-Park shuttle will be running from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Earlier this month, the City of Boulder announced that it joins the federal and state governments in commemorating Juneteenth as an official holiday. This year, Juneteenth (June 19) falls on a Sunday, and the city will officially observe the holiday on Monday, June 20, while Boulder Public Library locations will be closed on Sunday June 19, and open on Monday, June 20. The city’s Human Relations Commission is co-sponsoring local events throughout the weekend in celebration of the holiday.

Juneteenth, which falls on June 19 each year, celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. While the Emancipation Proclamation officially ended slavery in 1862, enforcement in all the states took several years. It wasn’t until June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers reached Galveston, TX, that all enslaved people in the country were finally freed.