Juneteenth is a national US holiday that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. On June 19th of 1865, enslaved African Americans in Texas were freed, and although this was over a century ago, it wasn’t until last year that this special date was considered a national holiday. Originally, Juneteenth was celebrated through prayer and family gatherings. Within recent years we have seen more and more events and celebrations displayed in order to celebrate this important day as a community.
Here in the LA area we can find a number of festivals and celebrations in honor of Juneteenth:
The Long Beach Juneteenth Celebration:
Saturday, June 18th there will be an opportunity to celebrate Black culture at Rainbow Laguna Park starting at 10:30am. This event promises family-friendly activities, as well as local vendors, live music, food and drinks.
Liberation: Festival of Arts & Culture:
Liberation is a virtual several day long festival returning for their second year. Through this virtual experience they showcase Black creators, from rappers to dancers to poets. These creators will share their journey and process to creating as well as provide prompts for self and collective reflection.
Juneteenth x Los Angeles Black History Month Festival
This event is hosted by the Open Arms Food Pantry and Resource Center in order to celebrate African American Heritage and the emancipation of African Americans. They have put together a day filled with festivities, panel discussions and performances. The celebration will take place at Westchester Park starting at 10am on June 19th.
For more information on the events mentioned above, visit the links below: