CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – City of Clarksville offices will be closed and City employees will have a paid holiday on Friday, June 18 to observe Juneteenth as an official City holiday.
City Public Safety departments will be on duty as usual and all essential City services will continue. City offices will resume normal operations on Monday, June 21.
The Clarksville City Council and the Montgomery County Commission both voted earlier this year to recognize Juneteenth as aholiday. Juneteenth, which celebrates freedom and the rich history and culture of Black Americans, was first celebrated in 1866 after the last enslaved people were freed in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, by Union soldiers. This notification came a full two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.
Clarksville Transit System administrative offices will be closed on Friday, but regular bus service will run on its usual schedule.
Clarksville Gas & Water administration and engineering offices, including the north and south customer service centers, also will be closed Friday. In the event of a gas, water or sewer emergency, customers should call, 931-645-7400, or the emergency after-hours line, 931-645-0116. The Utility Billing Line, 931-645-7400, automated pay by phone; and WebConnect, www.clarksvillegw.com, online bill payment feature; will be operational. Customer service center payment drop boxes at 2015 Fort Campbell Blvd. and 2215 Madison St. are available at any hour. Kiosk pay sites at Clarksville 24-hour Hi-Road Convenience Stores are also available for customer bill payment.
CDE Lightband offices will be closed Friday. In the event of a service outage, customers should call 931-648-8151 or text OUT to 85700. Customers can go online at https://cdelightband.com/customer-service/ for bill paying information.
All City of Clarksville offices will reopen on Monday, June 21 for regular scheduled hours.
Two Clarksville community groups are planning separate daylong Saturday events to celebrate Juneteenth.
Manifest Magic Black Girl Cooperative will host the Clarksville Juneteenth Festival from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 19 at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center in Liberty Park.
Tiffany Perkins and According to Plan Events are organizing the Clarksville Juneteenth Block Party from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 19 at Downtown Commons.