Juneteenth, short for “June Nineteenth,” commemorates the effective end of slavery in the United States.
On June 19, 1865 — over two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation — federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state and ensure all remaining enslaved people were freed.
Juneteenth is considered the longest-running African American holiday, and on June 17, 2021, it was signed into law as a federal holiday.
The CSRA offers plenty of ways to recognize the holiday this year:
- Juneteenth Augusta Weekend: June 17-19, Augusta Common, 836 Reynolds St.
- Juneteenth 2022 Celebration: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 18, Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St. Augusta University students get in free with a valid JagCard.
- Juneteenth 2022: Celebrating Resiliency & Southern Soul: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 18, The Landing on Bogus Hill Road, 23 Bogus Hill Road, North Augusta. Order tickets online.
- Juneteenth Celebration at Dyess Park: 9:30 a.m. June 18, Dyess Park, 902 James Brown Blvd.
- Juneteenth Augusta Festival: Noon June 19, Augusta Common, 836 Reynolds St.
- Juneteenth Jazz Brunch: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 19, Vibes and Vines Jazz Lounge, 4659 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Beech Island. Registration required.
- Second Annual Juneteenth & Father’s Day Celebration: 4-8 p.m. June 19, Pitts Street Park, 210 Pitts St., Thomson.