Celebrate Juneteenth in Charlotte with these Local Events

On June 19th, people nationwide will celebrate Juneteenth, an American holiday that commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union Gen. Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas, stating that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free.

Despite the Emancipation Proclamation, which had freed Black slaves almost 2 1/2 years prior to the federal orders, and the American Civil War, which resulted in the defeat of the Confederate States, the move toward the abolishment of slavery in Texas was much slower due to the low presence of Union troops in the state. In turn, progress was slow and inconsistent until the federal orders were read on June 19, 1865.

Juneteenth has since been celebrated nationwide, and Charlotte is no exception. Here is a list of local festivities for you and your family.

Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas

Date(s): June 19-21, 2020

Location: Plaza Midwood

The Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas was started to share the history of chattel slavery in the USA and to commemorate its historical ending. The major intent of the festival is to examine the cultural heritage of enslaved Africans and their descendants through art, education, and research.

#CLTJuneteenth2020 marks the 23rd Annual Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas! For over two decades this cultural celebration has provided a connection between history and the future.


Virtual Lunch & Learn: Celebrating Juneteenth, hosted by The Charlotte Museum of History

Date: June 18, 2020

Time: 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm


Juneteenth Food Truck Rally, hosted by Coalition for the New South

Date: June 19, 2020

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Hornets Nest Park, 6301 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC


Family First: Juneteenth Celebration (Virtual) Art Lesson with Alicia McDaniel, hosted by The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

 Date: June 19, 2020

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Juneteenth: Celebration of Freedom, Restoration & Black Culture, hosted by Thug Life in partnership with Kidz Fed Up

Date: June 19, 2020

Time: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: 291 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill, SC


Juneteenth Virtual Family Day Celebration, hosted by Levine Museum of the New South

Date: June 19, 2020

Time: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm


And if you’re looking for more ways to celebrate through food and drink at home, check out these Juneteenth Food and Drink Traditions over at Better Homes and Gardens:

  • Rosemary roast chicken stuffed with dirty rice and roasted red peppers
  • Salted watermelon salad with crumbled feta, balsamic glaze, and fresh cracked black pepper
  • Sweetcorn muffins with cheese and bacon
  • Biscuits with strawberry rose jam
  • Red velvet cake with a sweet cream-cheese buttercream
  • 7-Up cake with lemon glaze
  • Traditional tea cakes
  • Banana pudding
  • Hibiscus iced tea.

Leave us a comment to let us know how you and your family will be celebrating Juneteenth this year!

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