The official date of Juneteenth is Sunday, but the celebration kicked off on Saturday in Erie.

It was a block party celebration from 12th to 13th and State Street all day on Saturday.

The event featured music from the Breeze Band, and the vendors on hand were comprised of black owned businesses.

Juneteenth, short for June nineteenth, marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people were freed. 

The troop's arrival came two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, an important part of black history, and our nation's history.

Juneteenth is the longest-running African American holiday in the U.S.

It officially became a federal holiday on June 17, 2021.