Here are some events happening around the First Coast where you and your family can celebrate the holidays.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla .– Juneteenth is an annual holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
The end of slavery is often recognized by the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. But the feast, June 19, was not recognized until after the last slaves had been informed of the order nearly two years and half later.
On that day in 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War was over and all remaining slaves were free.
Today, the celebration of Juneteenth has spread across the United States and beyond. The holiday not only commemorates African American freedom, but emphasizes education and achievement.
Here are some events taking place around the First Coast where you and your family can celebrate this special day.
Juneteenth: A celebration presented by The Melanin Market
Come shop with over 50 Black owned businesses while learning about Black and Juneteenth history.
The event will take place on Saturday, June 19 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Melanin Market located at 822 A Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL.
United Era June Festival
Join United Era Inc. as they celebrate Juneteenth with shows, great food and local businesses.
The event will take place on Saturday, June 19 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Henry J. Klutho Park located at 204 West 3rd Street, Jacksonville, FL.
2nd annual Jump-Off on June 17th
This is a free event open to everyone. There will be music, games, shows and vendors.
The event will take place on Saturday, June 19 from noon to 7 p.m. at 516 S 10th St, Fernandina Beach, FL.
St. Augustine Music Festival: Junteenth Celebration of Freedom
It is a collaboration between the St. Augustine Music Festival and the St. Augustine Amphitheater.
The event will take place on Saturday, June 19 starting at 3 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheater located at 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine, FL.
Cultural festival “Freedom to rise” juinteenth
A cultural festival showcasing black businesses, young people and talent.
The event will take place on Saturday June 19 starting at noon at the Willie Galimore Community Center located at 399 Riberia Street, St. Augustine, FL.
Motivate yourself – Juneteenth celebrates freedom
Go out and enjoy a pop-up store from top sellers.
The event will take place on Saturday, June 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1462 E 12th St, Jacksonville, FL.
June 17th fitness camp
An event that will encourage the people of our city to become healthier versions of themselves.
The event will take place on Saturday, June 19 starting at 10 a.m. at Garden City Elementary School, located at 2814 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida.