Diversity Holidays

The City of DeKalb publicly recognizes and acknowledges the holidays, celebrations, and commemorations observed by the members of our diverse community.

Diversity Holidays for the month of June

Date Event Title Description
All of June
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month Established to recognize the impact that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on the world. LGBT groups celebrate this special time with pride parades, picnics, parties, memorials for those lost to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS, and other group gatherings. The last Sunday in June is Gay Pride Day.
June 10
Lailat-al-Qadir The holiest night of the year for Muslims traditionally celebrated on the 27th day of Ramadan. It is known as the “Night of Power,” and commemorates the night that the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.
June 14
Flag Day in the United States Observed to celebrate the history and symbolism of the American flag.
June 15
Eid-al-Fitr The first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, marking the end of Ramadan. Many Muslims attend communal prayers, listen to a khutba (sermon) and give zakat al-fitr (charity in the form of food) during Eid al-Fitr.
June 15
Native American Citizenship Day Commemorating the day in 1924 when the United States Congress passed legislation recognizing the citizenship of Native Americans.
June 16
The Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Observed by members of the Sikh faith. Guru Arjan Dev was the fifth Sikh guru and the first Sikh martyr.
June 19
Juneteenth  Also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. It is observed as a public holiday in 14 U.S. states. This celebration honors the day in 1865 when slaves in Texas and Louisiana finally heard they were free, two months after the end of the Civil War. June 19, therefore, became the day of emancipation for thousands of Black Americans.
June 24
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride Day in the United States It celebrates the Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969.

Please visit the Diversity Best Practices website for a complete listing of diversity holidays.

Make sure to check back each month for an updated listing of monthly holidays, celebrations, and commemorations.