February Observances

The City of Goleta is highlighting a few important observances happening this month and hope you will join us in recognizing them.

  • Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. The 2024 theme is “African Americans and the Arts” spanning the many impacts Black Americans have had on visual arts, music, cultural movements, and more. Locally in Santa Barbara County, the theme “Black History: More Than A Month” was chosen to celebrate and educate our region on the local and magnanimous achievements of Black/African Americans.  

    The City of Goleta will recognize February as Black History Month with a proclamation at the February 6 City Council Meeting. This is a time for us to honor the contributions and legacy of Black Americans across U.S. history — from activists and civil rights pioneers to leaders in industry, politics, science, and culture.

    To learn more about the rich history of social, political, and cultural contributions made, make sure you check out the Goleta Valley Library‘s in-person adult and children’s displays or online catalog throughout the month of February.

    Community organizations across Santa Barbara County will be offering events both in-person and virtually. For the full calendar of events, please visit: www.JuneteenthSB.org
  • Chinese New Year is the annual 15-day festival in China and Chinese communities around the world that begins with the new moon. 2024 is the Year of the Dragon and starts on February 10, 2024, lasting until January 28, 2025. In Chinese culture, the Dragon holds a significant place as an auspicious and extraordinary creature, unparalleled in talent and excellence.

  • Presidents’ Day falls on Monday, February 19, 2024. Although the holiday is most often called “Presidents’ Day,” the observed federal holiday is officially called “Washington’s Birthday.” Presidents Day is celebrated on the third Monday of February every year and is one of only eleven permanent federal holidays established by Congress.