Celebrating Juneteenth 2022

“Juneteenth has never been a celebration of victory or an acceptance of the way things are. It’s a celebration of progress. It’s an affirmation that despite the most painful parts of our history, change is possible—and there is still so much work to do.”
- Barack Obama

On June 19, we commemorate and celebrate the day enslaved Black Americans learned that they were finally free from the atrocities of slavery. There is a common misconception that President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation from January 1, 1863 was the moment that slavery was absolished. However, the news did not reach Texas until June 19, 1865—more than two years later.

It was that moment that June 19 was known as the day that all American citizens were finally free. We celebrate Juneteenth to honor the strength and resiliency of the Black community and amplify the voices of those who have been marginalized.

Oldest known holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the U.S.

There is a Juneteenth Flag of Freedom.

Celebrate Juneteenth: Where to Join the Festivities

Juneteenth Block Party Celebration
Sunday, June 19, 2022 | 12:00 Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Washington DC

Juneteenth Festival Tybee Island Wade In
Festival: Saturday, June 18 | 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wade In on the Pier: Sunday, June 19 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Pavillion Celebration: Sunday, June 19 | 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tybee Island, Georgia

30th Annual Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 18, 2022 | 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Santa Monica, California

Celebrating Black Joy
Monday, June 20, 2022 | 12:00 Noon - 10:00 p.m.
Salt Lake City, Utah

A Holiday of Many Names: Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Cel-Liberation Day, Second Independence Day, and Emancipation Day.

Juneteenth became a state holiday in Texas in 1980.

Juneteenth Music Festival 2022
Sunday, June 19, 2022 | 12:00 Noon - 8:00 p.m.
Denver, Colorado

Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 18 | 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Hilton Head, South Carolina

Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 18, 2022 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Palm Springs, California

Juneteenth Jubilee
Sunday, June 19, 2022 | 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Galveston, Texas

Support black-owned businesses this June 19th.

Learn about the matriarch of American abolition movement, Charity Still.

Celebrating On Your Own? Here’s What You Can Do…

Wear Red
Red is worn to honor the struggle endured on the road to freedom. While wearing red, remember to deeply consider the wounds of racism and how it continues to affect the Black community. It’s more than just a color.

Support Black-Owned Businesses
Whether you have a favorite local shop or love an online creator, be sure to choose businesses that support the Black community. Make a promise to continue to support these business throughout the year, not just today.

Amplify Black Voices
Create space and amplify the voices of the Black community by spending the day learning about Black history, reading a book of Black poetry, watching a movie about Black leaders, or listening to a podcast about Black achievements.

Donate to Reputable Organizations
Organizations like Black Lives Matter, The Bail Project, and The Loveland Foundationare great for providing guidance and support for both the Black community, as well as educational resources for allies.

Regardless of how you plan to celebrate Juneteenth, it’s important to remember that the struggle for freedom was long and hard-fought—celebrate the resiliency of Black Americans and their determination to be free. This holiday is a day of remembrance and reflection, but also a time to celebrate progress. Take this opportunity to recommit yourselves to the fight for freedom and justice FOR ALL. Let’s honor those who have come before us by continuing their hard work to make our world a better place.