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Here's how people are celebrating Juneteenth across the country

Juneteenth is a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S.
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Posted at 4:45 PM, Jun 17, 2024

Juneteenth is a national holiday to commemorate the official end of slavery in the United States. It's celebrated on June 19.

Across the country, people are gathering to honor the historic day when the enslaved in Galveston, Texas, were told they were free on June 19, 1865.

The day is remembered through events that highlight the importance of community through culture, music, food and storytelling.

Below is a list of events taking place in various cities to celebrate Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Jubilee Day:

Alexandria, Virginia

  • The celebration kicked off in Alexandria with a Juneteenth Jubilee. Other events include honoring people buried at the Douglas Cemetery, musical performances and a bench dedication to Martin Luther King Jr. 

Atlanta

Maryland

  • Throughout Maryland, you can expect a multitude of events, from a 5K to opera performances.

Chicago

Galveston, Texas

  • The liberation of African Americans is remembered with events that emphasize the historical significance of Galveston and the community that exists there today. Events include a Juneteenth Festival & Celebration, an exhibit titled, “And Still We Rise … Galveston’s Juneteenth Story” at Ashton Villa, and “Did You Know?” a presentation of untold stories with the Galveston Historical Foundation’s African American Heritage Committee.  

Houston, TX 

  • Juneteenth Houston includes a bus tour, Liberation Market, and music celebration at Emancipation Park.

Los Angeles

  • Juneteenth celebrations in Los Angeles will focus primarily on African American music and culture. The famous Hollywood Bowl will host a Juneteenth celebration concert with co-curator artist T-Pain and an orchestra. Grammy award winner and LA native Kendrick Lamar will also host “Ken & Friends,” a concert at the Kia Forum on June 19.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

Washington, D.C. metro area

  • The National Harbor Juneteenth Celebration will take place on Wednesday. This celebration features an all-day Black-owned marketplace, a cultural showcase and a "Sip and Paint" event with Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council.