In celebration of Juneteenth, the East Bay Regional Park District will host a Free Park Day on Sunday, June 18. The district chose Sunday, rather than holiday’s actual date on Monday, June 19, in order to serve more visitors.
Fees waived include park entrance, parking, dogs, horses, boat launching, and fishing, according to the Park District. However, the fee waiver does not apply to swimming, camping, reservable picnic facilities (due to capacity limits), district concessions, state fees for fishing licenses, and watercraft inspections for invasive mussels.
Juneteenth recognizes the date when enslaved Black Americans in Texas were notified of their freedom 2.5 years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued.
For more information, visit www.ebparks.org/Juneteenth.