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
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.
6/18/21 – 6/20/21
Headliners and National Artists, National Speakers, United Nations Human Rights Forum, Black History Parade/March and…
Centennial Olympic Park
Celebrate the magic of black culture, including art, live entertainment, music, food, dance and fun….
The Home Depot Backyard
This event will be like no other! Curated cocktails by Kate’s Mobile Bar, stylish decor…
Centennial Olympic Park
Many of you already understand that Juneteenth commemorates the true end of slavery, when the…
Multiple dates until 06/27/2021
This seven day summer festival features provocative multidisciplinary works exploring the tumultuous journey from darkness…
Join The Center for a virtual program that celebrates Juneteenth through music, history, and culture….
Juneteenth celebrates African-American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.
Lee Street Park
BrickTwentyTwo Productions is hosting its first “BrickFest: Juneteenth Celebration” filled with music and comedy featuring…
Infinite Energy Center
Come Turn Up the RIGHT WAY! Drink + Bottle Specials All Day FAMU + Clark…
Comedians Brandon Collins and Gordon Baker-Bone host the Juneteenth edition of their interactive show where…
The HBCU Alumni Reunion is an annual celebration not only in recognition of the alumni…
Old Lady Gang
Mission Menu: Barbecue Chicken, Baked beans, Potato salad
A race created to honor June 19, 1865 as a significant day in American History,…
Chastain Memorial Park
Come Be Apart Of The Most Powerful Juneteenth Celebration. THE BLACK PEOPLE UNITY FESTIVAL 2021….
BPU GLOBAL NETWORK & EVENTS
This event is a celebration to highlight black arts, entertainment and black businesses. Enjoy performances,…
Galleria 314, LLC
A Juneteenth Celebration and Book-signing. Come shop and Jam out to the DJ! We hope…
SAVE THE DATE for the Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom Festival with the City of East…
East Point Commons
6/19/21 – 6/20/21
Juneteenth Cultural Explosion celebrating with a purpose HBCU style acknowledging everything about the black culture….
Divergent Event Solutions
Scentsationz By Renee and Tiny Tub Bath Teas welcome you to join us in celebrating…
OYL Creative Compound
Visit SHOPWESTATL’S JUNETEENTH STIMULUS STATION Saturday June 19, 2021 from 10a – 4p. Stop by…
This is a special event. Local Firefighter, COREY, will be your muse for the evening!…
Painting with a Twist
6/19/21 – 7/11/21
Flux Projects presents Charmaine Minniefield’s Remembrance as Resistance: Preserving Black Narratives in its entirety. Honoring…
Historic Oakland Cemetery
The Sweet Auburn Juneteenth Celebration, organized in partnership with @HDDC and @WERDStudio, will provide community…
REMERGE Community Building and Design Studio
6/16/21 – 6/21/21
Juneteenth at Atlanta History Center is a celebration of the traditions and achievements of African…
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