Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th since the late 1800s, is a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
The day, also called Emancipation Day or Jubilee Day, is one that is marked with celebrations, from family picnics to city-wide parades, all across the country.
Here at Clyde, we’ll be closed on Friday, June 18th in honor of Juneteenth (which falls on Saturday). Along with hiring a diverse team and engaging in training on unconscious bias and anti-racist practices , we offer generous and flexible benefits so that our team can take care of themselves and their communities. Taking a day off for Juneteenth is just one small part of that.
And beyond our policies and practices, our company is built on a deep belief in empowering consumers. We know the future of eCommerce will be built around companies that solve real problems for buyers and create genuine communities via the products and shopping experiences they offer. This Juneteenth, we wanted to highlight ways to tap into community and connections around the country, from broader celebrations to Black organizers (both virtual and not) who deserve your patronage this Emancipation Day and all year round.
Wherever you are and however you’re celebrating, happy Juneteenth from all of us at Clyde!
Juneteenth Unityvest | Saturday, June 19th, 5-9 p.m. ET
This free event will include musical performances (including Earth, Wind & Fire and Darius Rucker!) keynote speakers (from Billy Porter to Jesse Williams), comedy, storytelling, and presentations from nonprofits working to advance national unity. Watch live and learn more here !
New York, New York
Multiple | Friday, June 18th - Sunday, June 20th
From screenings of Questlove’s Summer of Soul to a food and booze crawl featuring Black-owned businesses in Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy to the Brooklyn Resists exhibit and installation to a shop-and-sip event in Harlem, New York’s five boroughs all have something special to offer this Juneteenth. Read Time Out’ s guide to the best events happening all weekend long, and make sure to stop by the 12th Annual Juneteenth Celebration in Brooklyn or the Juneteenth in Queens free festival .
Buffalo, New York
Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo, New York: The Continued Evolution of Juneteenth | Saturday, June 19th to Sunday, June 20th
The city of Buffalo has celebrated Juneteenth for 46 years straight, starting from when a Black community organization held a weekend-long block party in the city in 1976. This year, the main event will be a virtual one—check it out here —but the city will still celebrate with children’s games, vendors, and outdoor activities.
Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade & Festival | Friday, June 19
In years past, over 25,000 people, 250 vendors, and 20+ floats have flocked to Philly for the city’s celebration of Emancipation Day. Due to COVID restrictions, 2021’s event won’t have a parade, but organizers are still planning on a day of fun, from a Freedom March through West Philly to an “Art in the Park” exhibition at Malcolm X Park. See the whole schedule for the free event here .
Juneteenth Celebration, March and Festival | Saturday, June 19th, 10 a.m.
The city of Dallas is hosting its first Juneteenth celebration, featuring over 225 vendors, a peaceful demonstration, and plenty of events, from a panel discussion on health disparities in the Black community to a car show. Register here to participate.
Juneteenth Parade | Saturday, June 19th, 1-4 p.m.
Juneteenth was first celebrated in Galveston after Union Major General Gordon Granger arrived there in 1865 and informed all Black Texans that they were free, via the Emancipation Proclamation. The city continues the tradition of Jubilee Day with a parade and day of activism. Nearby Houston has a long list of other events, from historical bike rides to Black art exhibits to food festivals, if that’s more your style; learn more here .
Albuquerque, New Mexico
New Mexico Juneteenth 2021: "To a Higher Ground" | Friday, June 18th - Sunday, June 20th
This free three-day event celebrates Black culture in New Mexico with a theme of Ujamaa, or Cooperative Economics, featuring Black-owned businesses and Black artisans, vendors, and performers. Learn more here .
Juneteenth Atlanta Parade & Music Festival | Friday, June 18th - Sunday, June 20th
Three days of music, dance, food, and speakers at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park? A Black History Parade on Saturday replete with a drumline? A 5K? Sign us up! The free event is supported by Black-owned businesses who signed up as vendors to sell everything from art to apple pie, so don’t forget your wallet. Learn more here .
Charleston, South Carolina
Juneteenth Freedom Fest Charleston 2021 | Saturday, June 19th, 2-10 p.m.
Per the event organizers, nearly half of enslaved Africans brought to the United States came through Charleston, and this day-long festival held at the Riverfront Park in North Charleston will focus on celebrating the story of emancipation. Register for the free event here .
Memphis Juneteenth Festival 2021 | Friday, June 18th - Saturday, June 19th
2021 is the first year that Juneteenth will be officially recognized in the city of Memphis, and the organizers of the city’s Juneteenth festival are planning a big, free-for-all celebration in Health Sciences Park. From on-site COVID vaccinations to a car show to dozens of musical performances, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Learn more here . Additionally, check out the Shop Black Festival full of Black businesses and food vendors, organized by Cynthia Daniels for the second year in a row!
Juneteeth Jubilee Freedom Weekend | Thursday, June 17 to Sunday, June 20
With a mix of in-person and online events, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit has something for everyone this Juneteenth. Kicking off with a free screening of Concrete Cowboy, starring Idris Elba, in Campus Martius Park on Friday, the event’s major draw is the Jubilee Stroll on Saturday, where the Black-owned businesses of Livernois Avenue will host a podcast, pop-up artists, musical performances, and food trucks. Tickets cost $15 and can be found here .
Multiple | Friday, June 18th - Sunday, June 20th
While the city of Chicago doesn’t have one official Juneteenth event, the Chicago Sun-Times rounded up a bunch of smaller events happening around the city and its suburbs. From seeing a rare signed copy of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation to a jazz festival to a Father’s Day/Juneteenth picnic to a yoga class, there are plenty of events all weekend long. The DuSable Museum of African American History will also reopen on Juneteenth, with free admission for all, for the first time since March 2020.
Voices Corp Juneteenth Celebration | Friday, June 18th, 5-9:30 p.m.
This local nonprofit-hosted festival includes live music, a craft and food fair, and a talent show. Register for free here !
Juneteenth Music Festival | Friday, June 18th - Saturday, June 19th
Starting with a community celebration on Friday replete with live music and awards for movers and shakers in Denver’s Black community, the 10th annual Denver Juneteenth Musical Festival will continue a parade on Saturday morning and an evening of performances during the R&B Summer Kickoff headlined by 112, in the evening. There’s also a street vendor parade—and live panels on everything from afro-futurism to Black influence on the entertainment industry. Register and get tickets here !
Las Vegas, Nevada
Juneteenth Festival | Saturday, June 19th, 6-9 p.m.
The 20th annual Las Vegas Juneteenth Festival, held at Kianga Isoke Palacio Park, will feature music, art, dance, food, community speakers, karaoke, games, workshops, and more. Learn more about the free event here !
Los Angeles, California
Juneteenth Freedom Day | Saturday, June 19th, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
This community celebration in Altadena is focused on Black health and wellness, starting with a walk and including a resource fair with free giveaways, panels and entertainment, and a free vaccination section. Register for free (and get your t-shirt and goodie bag!) here ! For other event options in and around LA, check out the Daily News’ round-up of events here , from potlucks to fireworks to art exhibits and more.
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