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15 Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth in Charlotte

Of all the holidays celebrated, Juneteenth may be the most significant to Black Americans as a day to remember the fight for liberation and a celebration of Black culture.

Commonly known as Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day and Black Independence Day, Juneteenth commemorates the freeing of the last enslaved people in America on June 19, 1865. The holiday originated in Galveston, Texas, and is celebrated in a variety of ways across the country. Here are some ways you can celebrate the holiday here in Charlotte.

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1. Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the holiday at the Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas. This 3-day celebration will feature performances from all over the globe including international drummers, African dancers and heritage performers as well as a tribute to fathers and a gospel music showcase.
When: June 16-19

2. Join this insightful, collective share of Juneteenth activities at the 4th annual Juneteenth Festival in Bessemer City’s Centennial Park. Enjoy amazing food, toe-tapping live entertainment from the Carolina Soul band, Drums 4 Life (Kojo Bey), history lessons, food trucks and fun activities for the little ones, like face painting and a bounce house.
When: June 17

3. Make a joyful noise at the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Jam at Blumenthal Performing Arts. Enjoy amazing live music, delicious food trucks and a beautiful celebration of the history, joy and significance of Juneteenth. This free event is perfect for the entire family.
When: June 17-18

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4. Celebrate a 3-day experience of culture, art, and inspiration at The 3rd Annual Juneteenth Charlotte Celebration. Shop vendors, enjoy live music, admire art and fashion, and grab a delicious bite from various food trucks as you commemorate the history and contributions of the Afro-Indigenous people, allies and supporters.
When: June 17-19

5. Be empowered through entertainment at the 2022 North Carolina Juneteenth Festival at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center in Concord. With a focus on celebrating Black business and excellence, this event will feature over forty Black-owned companies and have a host of activities including crafts, culture, performances, art, games and education.
When: June 18

6. Huntersville’s Juneteenth Jubilee will feature authentic African food, dance, design and traditions. There will be face painting, arts and crafts, music and fun for the whole family.
When: June 18

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7. Music, art and culture are the key elements at the Belmont Juneteenth Celebration happening in the beautiful Stowe Garden in historical downtown Belmont. This free celebration includes music throughout the day, with a festival of arts, crafts, music, food and more.
When: June 18

8. Put on your tuxedo and gown and network, dance, eat and mingle at the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration Gala at the Embassy Suites in Concord. Hosted by Charlotte’s own FLYTY, the evening will celebrate the historic holiday while supporting a great cause. The net proceeds of the event will go to support the golf team of Julius L. Chambers High School.
When: June 18, 6 p.m.

9. Pack up the kiddos and family and head over to the Town of Davidson Juneteenth Celebration. This celebration and family day of fun will include keynotes, performances, music, shopping, food with children’s activities like face painting, games and bounce houses. There’s even a misting station to cool off and free lunch for the first 300 people who stop by the Welcome Tent.
When: June 18

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10. Grab your friends and head over to the Durag Festival at BLKMRKT at Camp North End. Celebrate Black ingenuity and culture with live performances by local DJs and artists, a local marketplace for shopping, art installations and the infamous Wave Check contest and Durag Fest fashion show.
When: June 18

11. Get a move on as you celebrate physical, mental and spiritual freedom at the Juneteenth Run & Ride Celebration. The choice is yours to run two or three-and-a-half miles or ride your bike 10 to 25 miles to earn a commemorative medal. Following the run and ride, enjoy delicious food and merchandise for purchase from Exposed Vegan and Renaldo's.
When: June 18

12. Commemorate Juneteenth with a lineup of music, shopping, and entertainment at the Juneteenth Pop Up Shop presented by Views: The Beauty Bar on Atando Avenue.
When: June 18

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13. Support local Black-owned businesses and kick off a full day of fun, community and delicious, handcrafted food at Gastonia EbonyFest Juneteenth Festival 2022. Celebrate the liberation of generations with activities like a teen basketball tournament, youth summit and their first-ever parade and fireworks.
When: June 18-19

14. Bring your friends and family to celebrate Juneteenth for an afternoon of music, conversation and creative expression at Juneteenth Celebration: Elements of Freedom at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. The day will be filled with interactive events including a drop-in art workshop, community conversations and live musical performances by Quentin Talley and The Soul Providers.
When: June 19

15. Bring a chair, your family and friends and check out the Inaugural Queen City Juneteenth Parade celebrating Black excellence. Inspired by the movie Black Panther, this Juneteenth parade will feature Black professionals from all industries, encouraging our young people to dream big and accomplish their goals in life. The parade is open to adults and children alike.
When: June 20, 10 a.m.