The Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier will mark Juneteenth Sunday evening with a display of red, white and blue patterns along with animations and transitions in green, red and gold to represent the official Juneteenth flag and the original Pan-African flag.
The display on the 90-feet-tall Ferris wheel will be seen from sunset (about 8:08 p.m.) to midnight.
The Ferris wheel is located in Pacific Park, at 380 Santa Monica Pier.
Juneteenth marks the anniversary of Union Army Gen. Gordon Granger reading General Order No. 3 in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, which began, “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free,” referring to Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President Abraham Lincoln on Sept. 22, 1862, declaring all slaves free in Confederate territory.
Juneteenth became a federal holiday on June 17, 2021, when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law.