How to Celebrate Juneteenth in Atlanta

Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, is celebrated on June 19 in the United States to commemorate the day Union Gen. Gordon Granger and Union soldiers told enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, that they were free. It was June 19, 1865, more than two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863.

In Atlanta and across the country, businesses and communities are honoring the cultural and historical importance of Juneteenth with education, parades and holidays. It is the only holiday that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved Africans throughout the United States. As the heartbeat of the American civil rights movement and home of many civil rights activists including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, Atlanta is responding to the call to reflect Black history with the following events:

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Things to do on Juneteenth in Atlanta

The Black Wall Street of Atlanta: Sweet Auburn

Celebrating Juneteenth in Atlanta

Friends and families look forward to gathering and celebrating African Americans’ Freedom Day. The annual Juneteenth parade sparks excitement at Centennial Olympic Park and for the eighth year, Atlanta History Center continues to bring awareness by hosting special programs and events.

Support Black-owned Businesses in Atlanta

Atlanta has a wealth of Black-owned businesses that run from boutiques to spas, music stores, book stores, galleries and so much more. If you’re hungry, we’ve got you covered there too with a few of our favorite Black-owned restaurants, too. Here are some places to check out.

ATL Unguided: Atlanta’s Black Travel Guide

Atlanta’s rich heritage is deep, progressive and continuously evolving. ATL Unguided invites all to experience the largest collection of HBCUs, historic churches, popular Black-owned restaurants, trendy lounges and legendary art galleries.

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6/18/21 – 6/20/21

Juneteenth Atlanta Parade & Music Festival

Headliners and National Artists, National Speakers, United Nations Human Rights Forum, ​Black History Parade/March and…

Centennial Olympic Park

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Summer Movie Series: Juneteenth

Celebrate the magic of black culture, including art, live entertainment, music, food, dance and fun….

The Home Depot Backyard


3rd Annual Juneteenth Festival

Juneteenth celebrates African-American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.

Lee Street Park


BrickFest: Juneteenth Celebration

BrickTwentyTwo Productions is hosting its first “BrickFest: Juneteenth Celebration” filled with music and comedy featuring…

Infinite Energy Center


Drunk Black History

Comedians Brandon Collins and Gordon Baker-Bone host the Juneteenth edition of their interactive show where…



Juneteenth Atlanta 5K

A race created to honor June 19, 1865 as a significant day in American History,…

Chastain Memorial Park


Juneteenth Celebration

This event is a celebration to highlight black arts, entertainment and black businesses. Enjoy performances,…

Galleria 314, LLC

6/19/21 – 6/20/21

Juneteenth Cultural Explosion

Juneteenth Cultural Explosion celebrating with a purpose HBCU style acknowledging everything about the black culture….

Divergent Event Solutions


Juneteenth Pop Up Celebration

Scentsationz By Renee and Tiny Tub Bath Teas welcome you to join us in celebrating…

OYL Creative Compound

6/19/21 – 7/11/21

Remembrance as Resistance

Flux Projects presents Charmaine Minniefield’s Remembrance as Resistance: Preserving Black Narratives in its entirety. Honoring…

Historic Oakland Cemetery

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