June 19 events in central Indiana on Sunday

Hoosiers looking for ways to commemorate June 19 have plenty of options to choose from with brunches, celebrations and even a ribbon cutting scheduled for Sunday.

INDIANAPOLIS – Juneteenth is the nation’s newest federal holiday. It recognizes the day the last slaves in Texas learned they were free on June 19, 1865.

The United States celebrated its first federally recognized Juneteenth in 2021 after President Joe Biden signed a bill creating Juneteenth National Independence Day. It became the nation’s 12th federal holiday — the first added since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established in 1983.

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Here are some events taking place in central Indiana on Sunday to commemorate the holiday.

  • 10 a.m. – Biketeenth in Indianapolis: A 7.5 mile bike ride will begin at 10 a.m. at Monument Circle. The ride will run throughout the city, along parts of the Indianapolis Culture Trail and end at the Madame Walker Legacy Center.
  • 11 a.m. – June 16 brunch to the Walker: A Sunday brunch will be held at the Madam Walker Legacy Center located at 617 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis. Tickets can be purchased on line.
  • 11 a.m. – Brunch & Grooves: Father’s Day/Juneteenth Celebration: Brunch & Grooves will be held at the Indy Hotel. The event will be catered and will have live music.
  • 11 a.m. – The Brunch In Red among fishermen: Indiana Pride of Color coordinated a June 19 celebration designed for Black/African American LGBTQ+ people and their allies. The celebration will feature a full menu curated by black chefs and sourced from black farmers.
  • 12 p.m. – Juneteenth Eastside Celebration at the Warren Performing Arts Center: This event will have Juneteenth food giveaways and activities, vendors and community resource providers. There will also be live music and performances.
  • 12 p.m. – June 16 party and ribbon cutting at the Flanner house: Flanner House will celebrate many milestones during this celebration on June 19. The event will cover the third anniversary of Cleo’s Bodega & Café, the first anniversary of the Ujamaa Community Bookstore and the grand opening of Flanner House’s brand new Africa-focused mental wellness home called Morningstar.
  • 2 p.m. – Fishermen Juneteenth Jubilee: The event will take place at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater. It will include food trucks, bouncy houses, face artists, entertainment, and more.
  • 6:20 p.m. – June 19 concert with Karen Clark Sheard: Karen Clark Sheard will take the stage for the Juneteenth Concert at the Madam Walker Legacy Center.

As the holiday falls on a Sunday this year, many places will observe Juneteenth on Monday, June 20.

Here are some of the businesses that will be closed on Monday.

As with most federal holidays, US Post Office will be closed. This will be the first time the post office will go out of business for June 19 as it had too short notice to observe the holidays in 2021.

Most federal government offices will be closed on Monday, but the jurisdiction lies with cities and local governments as to whether they will remain open.

The post office will be closed on Monday in respect.

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Maria R. Newman