Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.
Looking for Juneteenth activities in Jax? Here are a few in the Downtown area:
Take a trip to the Ritz Theatre!
The mission of the Ritz Theatre and Museum is connecting communities to the past, present, and future contributions and stories of African American arts and culture in Jacksonville. To learn more about the Ritz Theatre and Museum, visit their website here!
Donate! This year, the Ritz Theatre is holding a Covid-19 Food Drive. Non-perishable food items and personal hygiene products will be distributed to underserved community residents. Click here to learn more information on how you can contribute!
Shop at the Jax Melanin Market!
Join Jax Melanin Market for their Juneteenth Celebration, showcasing over 200 Black-Owned businesses and nonprofits in Jacksonville! Enjoy food trucks, live music, and tons of family friendly fun. Located at 822 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. from 4-9 p.m. For more information, visit their website!
Celebrate Juneteenth with United Era Inc!
United Era Inc. invites you to celebrate Juneteenth with live performances, great food, and local businesses at Henry J. Klutho Park from 3-6 p.m. Don’t miss out! Click here to learn more.
Take Part in The 3rd Annual Freedom Walk Parade and Festival!
Take part in the 3rd Annual Freedom Walk Parade and attend the 9th Annual Juneteenth family-friendly festival. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 19th, at 8th and N Davis Street and will end at the Ritz Theatre. The festival will begin at the conclusion of the parade. Learn more and register here!