Heading out for Juneteenth celebrations in the Bronx? Keep these heat safety tips in mind.

While New Yorkers will be celebrating Juneteenth throughout the boroughs, health officials want those celebrating to keep safety in mind and stay cool.

Samantha Chaney

Jun 19, 2024, 10:10 AM

Updated 25 days ago

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Juneteenth celebrations are kicking off today as Bronx residents take on the overwhelming heat a day before the summer season.
While New Yorkers will be celebrating Juneteenth throughout the boroughs, health officials want those celebrating to keep safety in mind and stay cool. Officials recommend to stay in air conditioned spaces if possible, wear light clothing, limit physical activity and drink plenty of water.
With most celebrations taking place during peak sun hours, it's also recommended to wear sunscreen, eye protection and a hat.
Juneteenth marks the official end of slavery in the country back in 1865. Juneteenth became an officials federal holiday in 2021. It commemorates the day when the last group of enslaved people of Galveston, Texas were informed of their freedom two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.
The Van Cortlandt Alliance will be hosting their Juneteenth celebration on the lawn of the Van Cortlandt House Museum at 6 p.m.
Click here to find cooling centers across New York City.


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