Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19 and commemorates the liberation of the last enslaved people in Texas, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation had abolished slavery in 1862.
While not yet recognized as a federal holiday, many states observe the date with local Juneteenth celebrations including parties, parades, picnics, and festivals.
As COVID-19 restrictions ease up, people are planning unique Juneteenth celebrations across the country.
Here are 8 cities that are going all out this year.
This small town is expected to host one of the most exciting Juneteenth events to celebrate culture with a 90s vibe. There will be double dutch ropes, live music, a health fair, and more.
Atlanta’s having an all-weekend event and music festival starting on June 18. There will be a parade at noon at Auburn Avenue & Jackson Street. It will travel down to Centennial Olympic Park.
What we love about one of NYC’s Juneteenth celebrations is the fact that it’s focusing on mental health and wellness, as well as honing in on entrepreneurial excellence in our community.
Leading up to and culminating on June 19, the experience will be a celebration of Black joy, arts, and community. They will have a limited-person audience, and also providing a free live stream.
The organization Think Outside Da Block is hosting a Juneteenth celebration on wheels in the Englewood community. You have the choice of BYOB (bring your own bike) or rent one on the day of
45-minutes away from Phoenix in the suburb Surprise, residents are throwing a wine fest for Juneteenth. It’s the first event of its kind in the region and will celebrate black-owned businesses
The inaugural BLCK Market Expo was curated for the Black American experience. There will be food festivals, art exhibits, and other pop-up shops entering the city all weekend long.
There will be a series of events throughout the city including the Philadelphia Juneteenth Freedom Day Float House Competition & the city’s first Juneteenth Freedom Day Exhibit in Malcolm X Park