At least four Polk municipalities have declared Juneteenth an official holiday. Lakeland isn’t one of them.
The celebration of emancipation will be marked by activities at Jackson Park, a car show and a film festival.
President Joe Biden signed a law in 2021 making June 19 a federal holiday. However the state of Florida does not recognize it.
The city of Lakeland has formally recognized Juneteenth — June 19 — as an annual day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. City commissioners unanimously approved a Juneteenth resolution last week after earlier marking May 20 as Florida Emancipation Day.