Juneteenth now recognized as official city holiday in Pflugerville

For 155 years, Juneteenth has commemorated the liberation of enslaved Black people in Texas. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
For 155 years, Juneteenth has commemorated the liberation of enslaved Black people in Texas. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

For 155 years, Juneteenth has commemorated the liberation of enslaved Black people in Texas. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

In a unanimous decision on June 23, Pflugerville City Council voted to add Juneteenth to its list of official holidays recognized by the city. The announcement follows Mayor Victor Gonzales’ proclamation declaring June 19, 2020 as “Celebrate Juneteenth Day” and the city’s inaugural Juneteenth celebration, hosted on June 20.

Texas recognized Juneteenth as a state holiday in 1980, according to documents from the Texas State Historical Association. The holiday is often celebrated with family reunions, picnics, pageants and parades.

For 155 years, Juneteenth has commemorated the liberation of enslaved Black people in Texas. On June 19, 1865, Union Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston with news that enslaved Texans were freed, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Emancipation Proclamation went into effect.

“I think the item speaks for itself—it’s long overdue," Mayor Pro Tem Omar Peña said.

Juneteenth is the latest city-recognized holiday in a list that includes New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas, among others. Per city documents, observances of city holidays includes city facility closures on the designated holidays.


City Manager Sereniah Breland confimed June 23 that, in adherence to other city observances, the holiday will be observed on the Friday prior or Monday after, depending on the day the official holiday falls.

“Thank you for making history, gentlemen," Mayor Victor Gonzales said.
By Kelsey Thompson
Kelsey Thompson is the reporter for Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto, where her work focuses on education, city government and community development. Originally from Upstate New York, Kelsey relocated to Austin after graduating from Syracuse University in May 2019.


MOST RECENT

In a Nov. 13 letter to Pflugerville City Council, the Pflugerville Fire Department said it might have to discontinue emergency ambulance services and advanced life support if additional funding is not made available. (Community Impact Staff)
Pflugerville residents push for EMS services amid new emergency district overlay discussions

"To allow citizens to vote on the current topic is to allow them to have a say in how their tax dollars are spent and how their loved ones are cared for," resident Blake Brown said Nov. 24.

The mayor pro tem acts as mayor when the mayor is absent from a meeting. (Community Impact Staff)
Omar Peña to continue as Pflugerville City Council's mayor pro tem

Omar Peña has served as mayor pro tem since 2015, with the position filled each year as new council members join.

Round Rock City Council approved a resolution for the Oakmond Drive extension. (Courtesy Round Rock City Council and Google Earth)
Gattis School Road, N. Mays Street approved for improvements by Round Rock City Council

City Council approved the enactment of eminent domain to acquire property on Gattis School Road to create the Oakmont Drive extension that will run parallel to the road.

Melissa Neel has 23 years of experience in finance and project management work in public, private and nonprofit sectors, according to a Nov. 24 city news release. (Courtesy city of Pflugerville)
Pflugerville selects Melissa Neel as new finance director

Melissa Neel has 23 years of experience in finance and project management work in public, private and nonprofit sectors, according to a Nov. 24 city news release.

Pflugerville City Council approved on first reading an annexation request for 160 acres of land for uses that include the operations of Republic National Distributing Company, a wines and spirits distributor. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
160-acre annexation, including future wine distribution site, moves ahead in Pflugerville

Pflugerville City Council approved on first reading an annexation request for 160 acres of land for uses that include the operations of Republic National Distributing Company, a wines and spirits distributor.

Of the total cases reported to date, 11,304 are estimated to have recovered, and there are an estimated 806 active cases in Williamson County as of Nov. 24. (Community Impact Staff)
Williamson County reports 337 new cases of coronavirus Nov. 24

Of the total cases reported to date, 11,304 are estimated to have recovered, and there are an estimated 806 active cases in Williamson County as of Nov. 24.

Local health leaders are urging caution ahead of Thanksgiving. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Ahead of Thanksgiving, Travis County health officials urge caution

Austin Public Health leaders say gatherings with people outside one's household held indoors and without masks pose the greatest risk.

There have been 80 closed sales on townhouses in the year to date for the three-city market area, per the Austin Board of Realtors' analysis. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
October townhouse sales jump 150% in Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto

There have been 80 closed sales on townhouses in the year to date for the three-city market area, per the Austin Board of Realtors' analysis.

Harini Logan, 10, won the 66th annual Express-News Spelling Bee at the University of Texas at San Antonio downtown campus on March 17, 2019. For 2021, the event is slated to be held in March at the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre in New Braunfels. (Photo by Jerry Lara, courtesy the San Antonio Express News)
New Braunfels to host regional spelling bee and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.

The Commissioners Court approved funding for the program Nov. 24. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County funds COVID-19 convalescent plasma program

Some 252 Williamson County patients have received the therapy of the 1,300 total patients.

Beginning Nov. 30, the city of Pflugerville will kick off improvements on Sweetwood Song Drive, Laurelleaf Drive and Gazania Drive. (Courtesy city of Pflugerville)
Pflugerville road work on Sweetwood Song Drive, Larelleaf Drive to begin Nov. 30

Beginning Nov. 30, the city of Pflugerville will kick off improvements on Sweetwood Song Drive, Laurelleaf Drive and Gazania Drive.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for the state Nov. 23 for a vaccine he said could be available as soon as December. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announces COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

The vaccine could start being distributed "as early as next month," according to a Nov. 23 news release.