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Juneteenth events planned around the First Coast

Here are some events happening around the First Coast where you and your family can celebrate the holiday.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Juneteenth is an annual holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

The end of slavery is often recognized by the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. But the holiday, June 19, was recognized only after the last slaves were told about the order nearly two and a half years later.

On that day in 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War was over, and that all remaining slaves were free.  

Today the observance of Juneteenth has spread across the United States and beyond. The holiday not only commemorates African American freedom but emphasizes education and achievement.

Here are some events happening around the First Coast where you and your family can celebrate this special day.

Juneteenth: A Celebration presented by The Melanin Market

Come shop with over 50 Black-owned businesses as you learn about Black history and Juneteenth.

The event will be held Saturday, June 19 from 4-9 p.m. at The Melanin Market located at 822 A Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL.

Click here for more details.

Come Shop Over 200 Black-Owned Businesses!

This #Juneteenth, we’re commemorating the abolition of slavery by showcasing over 200 Black-Owned businesses and nonprofits in Jacksonville! Spanning over 5 Blocks, The Juneteenth Melanin Market features: 2 stages of Live Bands and Entertainment by: Gullah Geechee Community- Opening Processional Genesis - Black National Anthem Nan Nkama Pan-African Drum and Dance Ensemble Special Formula Band Peli Peli Band Let's Ride Brass Band Fun for the Kids?! Plan for a fun day in our #KidsZone, packed with Pony Rides, Game Trucks, Bounce Houses, Face Painting, and more!! Hungry? We gotcha covered with over 20 Food and Snack Vendors And to help us bring it all in…The Light Up The Night #Firework Display!! All going down on A. Philip Randolph Blvd. Saturday, June 19th from 4 pm - 9 pm! See ya Juneteenth!! Sponsored By: Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, United Way of Northeast Florida, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, 845, LIFT JAX, Baptist Health Jacksonville, Eastside Brotherhood Club, and The Jessie Ball Dupont Fund #ilovejax #duuuval #dtjax #jacksonville #onlyinjax #dtwd #shopjax #stufftodoinjax #jaxfl #jaxlocals #jacksonvillefl #explore #duval #jacksonvilleflorida #duvalcounty #jaxevents #BlackJaxConnect

Posted by The Melanin Market on Monday, June 7, 2021

United Era's Juneteenth Festival

Join United Era Inc. as they celebrate Juneteenth with live performances, great food, and local businesses.

The event will be held Saturday, June 19 from 3-6 p.m. at Henry J. Klutho Park located at 204 West 3rd Street, Jacksonville, FL.

Click here for more details.

Jacksonville's premier Juneteenth experience has finally arrived!  Join us on June 19 for a fun-filled day of food trucks, performances, kidspark play area and more from 3pm until 6pm. Don't forget your picnic blankets and chairs so your family can enjoy the grassy areas! -  This is a FREE event but registration is required so sign up your family today at JuneteenthJacksonville.com - #jacksonvilleevents #juneteenth #duval #jacksonville #pridemonth #cookout #juneteenthjacksonville

Posted by United Era Inc. on Wednesday, June 9, 2021

2nd Annual Juneteenth Jump-Off

This is a free event open to everyone. There will be music, games, performances and vendors.  

The event will be held Saturday, June 19 from noon to 7 p.m. at 516 S 10th St, Fernandina Beach, FL.

Click here for more details.

Posted by 4 The Culture on Wednesday, May 5, 2021

St. Augustine Music Festival: Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom

It's a collaboration between the St. Augustine Music Festival and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.

The event will be held Saturday, June 19 starting at 3 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre located at 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine, FL.

Click here for more details.

SAMF is back with two 15th Anniversary Festival Opening Concerts at the St. Augustine Amphitheater, June 19,...

Posted by St Augustine Music Festival on Saturday, May 29, 2021

Juneteenth “Freedom to Elevate” Cultural Festival

A cultural festival showcasing Black businesses, youth and talent. 

The event will be held Saturday, June 19 starting at noon at the Willie Galimore Community Center located at 399 Riberia Street, St. Augustine, FL.

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Next Saturday🔥🔥🔥 Juneteenth🗣🗣 Come out and Shop with Vendors Family Activities, Artist Market, Youth Activities,...

Posted by Sammy Cakes on Saturday, June 12, 2021

Getting Motivated - Juneteenth Celebrate Freedom  

Come out and enjoy a pop-up shop of great vendors.

The event will be held Saturday, June 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1462 E 12th St, Jacksonville, FL.

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Posted by The Palace Event Center on Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Juneteenth Fitness Camp

An event that will encourage the people in our city to become healthier versions of themselves.

The event will be held Saturday, June 19 starting at 10 a.m. at Garden City Elementary School, located at 2814 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville, FL.

Click here for more details.

Posted by Izik Wellness & Nutrition LLC on Friday, May 21, 2021