Juneteenth: Freedom Day

On June 19th, also known as Juneteenth, Black Independence Day, or African American Emancipation Day, originates from Galveston, Texas. This day signifies the moment when enslaved African Americans were informed about the conclusion of the Civil War. Union General Gordon Granger announced the proclamation on June 15th, 1865, liberating Black Americans who were previously enslaved. This pivotal occurrence took place around two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

Here are some activities taking place in South Florida to honor Juneteenth:

The Juneteenth Experience
Date: Tuesday June 18th Wednesday, June 19th 2024
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: The Colony Theatre in Miami Beach 1040 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Hued Songs is excited to announce The Juneteenth Experience 2024, the 4th annual presentation of this groundbreaking celebration of Black liberation through artistic expression. This immersive event promises to captivate audiences across Miami-Dade and Broward, taking place at two iconic venues: the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach (1040 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139). Tickets can be purchased by visiting Huedsongs.org.
City Miramar Juneteenth Family Day 2024
Dare: Wednesday, June 19th 2024
Time: 11:am to 3 pm
Location: Miramar City Hall Plaza, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL
Enjoy a fun-filled day of creative and interactive games as we journey through culture, history and art. Live Step Show performance, pop-up African Art Exhibit and more!
The 2nd annual B.L.A.C (Black Lives Allocating Change) Juneteenth Cook Off
Date: Wednesday June 19th, 2024
Time: 12pm - 6pm
Location: Snyder Park 3299 SW 4th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
Tweety’s Front Porch presents The 2nd annual B.L.A.C (Black Lives Allocating Change) Juneteenth Cook Off. presented by a collaboration of LGBTQ+ black led nonprofits, Ujima Men’s Collective, Transinclusive Group, AfroPride and The Mckenzie Project.
Taking place Wednesday June 19th, Juneteenth, from 12-6pm at Synder Park, the free event will include black vendors, food trucks as well as a 12 categories of cook off dishes. Contestants can enter their dish for $10 to compete. Selected judges will vote on the winners for each category while the attendees will have a chance to vote for the crowd favorite. The winner from each category will receive a trophy as well as a cash prize! However, no one walks home empty in the competition, all entries will receive a gift card for participating.
The B.L.A.C Juneteenth Cook Off will also showcase a shuffle dance off and several other contests (bomba, bingo, spades, tonk, uno & dominos). The contests will take place before the food and all the winners will receive a trophy & cash prize.
Historic Virginia Key Beach Park Hosts Juneteenth Beach Bash
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2024
Time; 12PM to 4PM
Location: Historic Virginia Key Beach Park , 4020 Virginia Beach Drive, Miami FL 33149
Join the Virginia Key Beach Park Trust to celebrate the Juneteenth Freedom Day Holiday with a day filled with games, food and fun for the entire family on June 22, 2024 at The Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Drive, Miami FL 33149 from 12PM to 4PM.
The Juneteenth Beach Bash is the first event to commemorate the Juneteenth Holiday at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. It serves to unite the community in honoring the legacy at a space that was originally the only beach Black people could dwell in Miami.
The day will not only include fun activities such as a petting zoo, bounce houses, live music and games but an opportunity to learn about the significance of Juneteenth and the park. Come and enjoy food from Tasty Delight, cool delights from Kona Ice while enjoying the sounds of DJ Springer. Get to know more about Blacks in Marine Science, Repair the World, and Sustain the Culture and how you can get involved.
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