Juneteenth celebrations planned for Merced

Juneteenth events commemorating the end of slavery in the United States will be held in Merced next week, including a church service and banquet.

A service coordinated by three local church groups will be held on Thursday, June 17, at 6:30 p.m., at Gateway Community Church, 353 Donna Drive. Six pastors will talk about the significance of freedom to the Merced community.

A day-long celebration is scheduled for Saturday, June 19, at McNamara Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and a Juneteenth Banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. the same day at the Boys & Girls Club at 15th and M streets. For information on the banquet, call the Boys & Girls club at (209) 722-9922.