It has been a year since Juneteenth was officially declared a federal holiday. The celebration commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States and has been observed by African American communities across the country since 1865.
But despite the long history of this celebration in African American communities, the significance of this historic event has not been widely taught in schools. In recent years, Black Lives Matter and the racial fairness movement have made the holidays more visible.
Juneteenth was born in Galveston, Texas after the Civil War, when a group of enslaved people learned they were free, three years after the emancipation proclamation. For more than 150 years, this has been a day to observe that history and celebrate African American culture.
In the days leading up to June 19, communities and educational institutions across the country will host a series of events that highlight the day’s story and the cultural contributions of African Americans. Below we have compiled a list of virtual and in-person events broken down by region.
These events also include some volunteer opportunities for people who would like to be more involved.
From Kwanzaa to Juneteenth Celebration (Cleveland, OH)
What: The event will include music, crafts and storytelling. When: June 16 Where: Cleveland History Center, 10825 East Blvd.
Juneteenth Kansas City (Kansas City, MO)
What. This annual celebration includes virtual and in-person educational workshops. When: June 18th. Where: 18 and Vine. More information: https://www.juneteenth-kc.com/special-workshops.
Tulsa Juneteenth Festival (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
What: This annual event featuring live music performances, art installations, food, and wellness programming. When: June 16-18. Volunteer opportunities are available. When: throughout June 2022. Where. Where: historic Greenwood Ave.
Juneteenth Foodways Festival (Indianapolis, IN)
What: Learn more about the contributions of African Americans to American cuisine at the Juneteenth Foodways Festival in Indianapolis. When: June 17th. Where: 1230 North Delaware St.
Juneteenth Jubilee Freedom Weekend Detroit, MI
What: The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will host a series of educational panels to be held in person and virtually this year, as well as children’s activities and musical performances dating back to 1860. When: June 18-19.
Juneteenth Arkansas Festival (Little Rock, AR)
What: Volunteer opportunities are available at this one-day community event featuring art, entertainment, and food.
When: June 18th. Where: Interstate Park 3900 South Arch St.
Juneteenth 2022: free and empowered (Monroe, LA)
What: The Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum is planning an art festival to celebrate Juneteenth. The festival will highlight the work of unknown or lesser known artists from the region. When: The artists’ work will be exhibited throughout the month of June. Where: 1051 Chennault Park Drive.
Emancipation Park Juneteenth 150 Celebration (Houston, TX)
What: The three-day event includes music, food, community resources, cultural center and children’s zone. Volunteer opportunities are available. When: June 17-19. Where: Emancipation Park, 3018 Emancipation Ave.
Juneteenth Folk Life Festival (Lafayette, LA)
What: A smaller festival, the Folklife Celebration will be held this year in the heart of Lafayette and celebrates the folk art and heritage of African Americans in the region. The celebration will highlight the folk art, heritage and traditions of African American culture in the region. When: June 18th. Where: Juneteenth Freedom Tours.
Galveston Tour (Galveston, Texas)
Take a tour of Juneteenth’s historical sites and monuments on a tour of the Freedom Walk, the place where this celebration originated.
Nineteenth June Jubilee on the lawn of the Atlanta History Center (Atlanta, GA)
What: After two years of virtual events, in-person programming with the story of Juneteenth, the story of blacks and the culture of Atlanta. When: June 19th. Where: Atlanta History Center, 130 W Paces Ferry Road. NW.
Juneteenth of the Carolinas (Charlotte, NC)
What: This multi-day event features live music, food, historical presentations, and children’s events. When: 16.19 June. Where: Plaza Midwood, 1215 Thomas Ave.
Gullah Juneteenth (Charleston, SC)
Learn about the food and culture of the Gullah Geechee at the second annual Gullah Juneteenth Freedom Celebration. When: June 18th. Where: Gadsenboro Park, 303 Concord St.
Juneteenth: A Celebration of Resilience (Washington DC)
What: The event includes a series of interactive workshops and presentations that highlight the history and significance of the federal holiday. When: June 19-20, Where: National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Ave. NW.
Juneteenth Festival 2022 at the Johnson Historic Site (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
What: Johnson House Historic Site hosts its 16th annual Juneteenth celebration with live music, food, historical reenactments and panel discussions. When: June 18th. Where: 6306 Germantown Ave.
Embrace Ideas Festival 2022 (Boston, MA)
What: This five-day arts and culture community event includes a variety of workshops exploring topics such as healing from racial trauma and exploring the issue of equity.
Black Love: A Form of Resistance at the Museum of History and Industry (Seattle, WA)
What: A storytelling session in honor of the official emancipation of enslaved people in the United States, hosted by Delbert Richardson and aimed at middle and high school students. Registration required. Where: June 18. Where: 860 Terry Ave. N.
Juneteenth Music Festival (Denver, CO)
What: The historic street festival in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood includes live entertainment and interactive, educational programming. Volunteers are needed this year. When: June 19th.
Valley of the Sun Juneteenth (Phoenix, AZ)
What: Phoenix will celebrate Juneteenth with a full day of educational events, art exhibits and live music. When: June 18th. Where: Eastlake Park, 1549 E. Jefferson St.
Juneteenth at Utah State University (Logan, UT)
What: The Utah State University Inclusion Center has planned several events focused on teaching the legacy of black history in relation to Utah. The Utah Black History Museum offers a bus tour that focuses on highlighting this topic. When: June 17th. Where: USU Inclusion Center, 0185 Old Main Hill.
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