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Posted on: June 17, 2022

Mayor Brown Reminds Residents That Buffalo City Hall Will be Closed on Mon. June 20 for Juneteenth

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Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today reminded Buffalo residents that Buffalo City Hall will be closed on Monday, June 20, for the official observation of the Juneteenth holiday. 

“This will be the second year City of Buffalo employees will have a paid holiday to observe Juneteenth. In 2020, I was very proud to announce Juneteenth would be added to the list of official City holidays in honor of the many ways a diverse and inclusive community enhances and enriches the lives of all of our residents,” Mayor Brown said. “I call on City employees, Buffalo residents, and our City’s businesses and institutions to reflect on what they can do to end racial injustice. 

In the wake of the May 14 tragedy at the Jefferson Avenue Tops Market, commitment to ensuring Buffalo is a place of support, mutual respect and love for one another, is more essential than ever before,” Mayor Brown added. The dome of Buffalo City Hall and BuffaloLIT participants will be lit up in red, black and green, the colors of the Pan-African flag tonight, June 17 through Monday, June 20, to mark the Juneteenth holiday weekend. 

The Buffalo Police Department also announced a number of street closings that will take place on Saturday, June 18, for the Juneteenth Parade. The closures, will be in effect starting at 10:30 a.m. are: 

• Genesee Street (from Rapin Street to Walden Avenue) • Best Street (between Walden and Fillmore avenues) 

• Fillmore Avenue (between Best and E. Utica streets) All streets are expected to reopen by 2:30 p.m. Motorists should expect traffic congestion starting at 8:30 a.m., as parade participants and floats are lined up in the area of Moselle and Genesee streets, where the parade will step off at 11 a.m. 

Parade begins walking at 11am and roads are projected to be open by 2:30pm.  Additional news available at: 

2022 marks the 47th celebration of Juneteenth in the City of Buffalo, and is considered to be one of largest observances in the U.S. The parade and related festivities are organized by the Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo, Inc., a nonprofit organization, which works to preserve and promote a broad spectrum of African American heritage through educational and cultural activities that benefit the community as a whole. 

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