Juneteenth at the Grand Canyon!!

Hello!! Glad you’re back to catch up with me and the Grand Canyon 🙂 

This past weekend the Grand Canyon hosted a park-wide Juneteenth event! I volunteered along with some other amazing volunteers who came down from Zion to help out. It was a fantastic event filled with speeches, a 2.5-mile hike, a band, a movie, and a gallery! 

For those of you unfamiliar with the federal holiday, it is one of the oldest commemorations related to the abolition of slavery in the United States. It is such an important day that needs to be known about and celebrated. 

The speech was extremely inspiring and powerful moving many people to stop and listen even at the most popular sightseeing location at the Grand Canyon.

The band played a variety of genres with some uplifting jazz that brought some of the tourists to create their own dance floor and enjoy themselves to the fullest! The movie was incredibly educational too attracting people from all across the world to stop and

 watch. It was truly a magnificent experience and I am glad that I was able to participate and learn a lot as well.

Most excitingly, I was able to meet another Latino Heritage Internship Program Intern! Gaby is working as a Latino History Intern at Zion National Park in Utah! She was the one that actually invited me to come and volunteer with them and I am so thankful it was amazing!

She was extremely nice and it was such a great experience to talk with her and discover how many similarities we had growing up in the South and being Latino, while also discovering that our internships are completely different! She is doing great work up at Zion and I was so happy to meet her! We also went and had some traditional Hispanic dishes one night too and it was so good!!

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