Juneteenth is celebrated in over 250 cities nationally and recognized by 40 million African Americans as their freedom and Independence Day. Check how different cities around the US are celebrating.
New Orleans, LA Juneteenth Jazz and Jam Arts Festival
This festival will celebrate jazz, art, and education. Just as Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom from slavery, this event will promote a sense of freedom for local artist. Planned events include an art exhibition, “Ladies in Jazz” performance, open mic poetry, an artist market, and a voters registration drive with the support of Operation Big Vote’s Unity 04 Campaign.
When: June 19 11AM-6PM
Where: The New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture, and History
Holland, MI Juneteenth Play
Learn about the history of Juneteenth at the captivating Power 2 Be Theatre Production.
When: June 19 6PM
Where: Holland Civic Theatre
Las Vegas, NV 14th Annual Juneteenth Festival
Breathe in the night air as you hear the soft sounds of a steel drum. The Caribbean bop then becomes a drum beat with a West African flair. The cadence gently becomes a syncopated conga with an afro Cuban swing. Inhale the fragrant spices and flavors waiting to be savored. This is Juneteenth.
When: June 19 5PM-9PM.
Where: Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza in Lorenzi Park
Galveston, TX Historic March and Inspirational Program
Walk in the footsteps of the ancestors as Reedy Chapel A.M .E. Church re-enacts the first documented celebration of emancipation in Galveston. Just as 800 – 1000 citizens celebrated emancipation on January 1, 1866, you are invited to witness the reading of General Order # 3 from the steps of the Old Galveston Courthouse, then march with jubilation and song to Reedy Chapel A.M.E. Church. In the tradition of the celebration, an inspirational program will follow in the Church sanctuary, featuring African American spirituals, stirring speakers and performances and a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation.
When: June 19 6PM-8PM
Where: Reedy A.M.E Church
Columbus, OH Juneteenth Ohio 2014
The Juneteenth festival attracts 130,000 supporters in Columbus Ohio and is considered the 3rd largest celebration in the nation. This festival has something for everybody! Bring a loved one out enjoy Freedom Day Friday, Soul Food Saturday, and Old School Sunday.
When: June 20-22 12PM-11PM Daily
Where: 22nd Genoa Park
Price: Adults $5 (before 5PM) $10 (After 5PM) Children $3 All Day
Lexington Park, MD 4th Annual Juneteenth Memorial Festival 5K Run/Walk
Race or walk 5K (3.1 miles) on a mostly flat course through the former Lexington Manor neighborhood (“The Flattops”) and on the paved loop around Lancaster Park. Walkers are eligible for awards as long as they complete the entire distance on foot – walking, running, or a combination of both.
When: June 21 8AM
Where: Lancaster Park
Price: $20 pre-register $25 day of
Philadelphia, PA Juneteenth Festival 2014
The festival will kick off with a parade and will later include live entertainment, children activities, a vendor marketplace and giveaways all day. Be sure to come early and enjoy the Libation Ceremony.
When: June 21 10AM-4PM
Where: Between Germantown Ave and Wister Street
Sacramento, CA Juneteenth Ball “An Evening of Elegance”
Enjoy a sophisticated evening of elegance full of music and dancing while tasting gourmet bites and selective wines prepared by the Sacramento Juneteenth Black Chefs collaborative. Cocktail Attire required.
When: June 21 7PM-11PM
Where: The California Museum
Chicago, IL (Suburbs) 11th Annual Juneteenth Celebration
This cultural festival will salute African American contributions to art, education, music and dance, a celebration of family, community and culture. It will salute Lake County’s contribution to the spirit of the abolition movement with inspiration, food, information and merchandise vendors, main stage performances, children’s activities, the CLC history tent, and much more.
When: June 21 12PM-6PM
Where: Downtown Waukegan (corner of Madison and Genesee Streets)
Atlanta, GA Juneteenth: The First Day of Freedom Celebration
Guests participate in festivities throughout the campus, including Meet the Past museum theater performances, kid-friendly hands-on activities, storytelling, genealogy workshops, the premiere of The Order of Freedom, and guest speaker Michael Twitty, an African American culinary historian.
When: June 21 (all day)-June 22 (all day)
Where: The Atlanta History Center