Mayor Malik and Chief Harding Issue Joint Statement on Upcoming Juneteenth Celebrations

Akron, Ohio, June 13, 2024  — This weekend, several community celebrations are planned to honor the upcoming Juneteenth holiday. Today, Mayor Malik and Chief Harding released a statement:  

“We are excited to gather with our community this weekend for events celebrating the Juneteenth holiday, which recognizes the day in which many enslaved Americans finally received the news of their freedom in 1865. It offers us a prime opportunity to recommit ourselves to the work of equity right here in our own community.   

In light of recent events in our city, which include the June 2nd shooting on Kelly Avenue, we understand there are some concerns about public safety surrounding large gatherings in Akron. We want to assure our community that we will have a police presence this weekend at the following events as requested by organizers: 

  • the Akron Black Coalition’s 26th Annual Juneteenth Festival on Saturday, June 15 from 1-7pm at Stoner Hawkins Park 
  • the Ward 5 Fifth Annual Juneteenth Festival at Joy Park Community Center on Saturday, June 15 from 12-5pm 
  • the West Akron Parade on Sunday, June 16 from noon-1pm beginning at Buchtel CLC. 

It is important to gather together as a community especially in the face of tragedy and join in celebration and unity. We both plan to attend some of these events and hope to see many members of our community there.”  

All City of Akron municipal offices will be closed for business on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 in observance of the Juneteenth Independence Day. Curb service will continue as normal on June 19 and there will be no delay to trash/recycling for the week. 

Contact:  
Stephanie Marsh, Director of Communications  
press@akronohio.gov or 330-256-1191