Celebrate Juneteenth Locally Next Week

Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. The name is a portmanteau of "June" and "nineteenth," referring to June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas, proclaiming that all enslaved people in Texas were free. This announcement effectively put an end to slavery in the last remaining Confederate state after the end of the Civil War. Juneteenth is celebrated annually on June 19th and is recognized as a day to honor African American history and culture, as well as to promote and celebrate freedom and equality.

A few local Juneteenth events that you can participate in this year:

Juneteenth Family Fest Charleston
This community-family-based event will take place on June 15 at Riverfront Park in North Charleston, SC, and is open to the public. Attendees can arrive as early as 2 p.m., and festivities will begin at 3 p.m. and end at 10 p.m.

This day-long celebration will be power-packed with activities ranging from live performances, black art displays, games for children, and delicious cultural food! There will also be non-profit organizations, local community service vendors, as well as Historical Black Colleges and Universities on site. Learn more and purchase tickets here

General Admission Ticket Pricing:
Children: $5
Adults: $15

JOY | Juneteenth on the Yard
Celebrate Juneteenth (June 19, 2024) from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. at the International African American Museum for "J.O.Y. | Juneteenth on the Yard, in the beautiful African Ancestors Memorial Garden. Thanks to the generous support of Boeing, the Museum will offer complimentary admission all day!

Starting at noon, enjoy:

  • Engaging storytelling sessions throughout the Garden
  • Delicious food and tasty treats
  • Musicgamesactivities, and more!

Gather with friends, family, and neighbors to embrace the joy of community within the African American experience. Enjoy performances by our Griot (storyteller) Julian Gooding, Deninufay African Dance & Drum Company, and DJ Ruben.

The afternoon will culminate with performances by:

  • SunRhe'
  • Benny Starr, accompanied by the Poor Rich Kollective

Mark your calendars and spread the word - this is a celebration you won't want to miss!

Tour the Museum: Walk-ups are welcome, but registration is preferred to guarantee your timed admission on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Reserve your spot here. (Walkups will be accepted based on Museum capacity). 

Juneteenth on King

To celebrate the announcement of the MOJA Arts Festival's 40th Anniversary season, the City of Charleston’s Community Services Section is hosting a family-friendly block party on Wednesday, June 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on King & Ann Streets Downtown.

Juneteenth on King will feature outdoor dining, live music, dancing, and artisan and crafts vendors. The festive celebration will have a music stage on Ann Street near the Visitor’s Center garage, hosting performers like The Legacy of Motown Band and Deninufay African Drum and Dance. More information here