Despite the heat, history was celebrated and learned Friday in Peoria.
Former 25News morning man Garry Moore was there playing the drums and helping kids learn how at Logan park on S.Livingston St
Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. and offered free entertainment - including some dancing - along with a focus on mind, body and spirit with health screenings too.
Slaves in Texas, for example didn't realize they were free until June 19, 1865.
That was more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
"Like this right here. We're all knowing or learning the truth. So now we can all come together as one and be in peace.And that's what it's all about. That's one of the reasons that Juneteenth is what it is," said Lavelle Smith-Grant, celebrating in the heat on Friday. "And it's important for people to know those things at least as a people. Not even necessarily our people. All people need to know the truth and how things are."