Juneteenth, which occurs each year on June 19th, is a day that that celebrates the end of the enslavement of African-American people in the United States.
In 1865, on June 19th, the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued on January 1st, 1863, was finally read to the last of the enslaved African–Americans who were living in Galveston, Texas. Congress had passed the 13th amendment several months before.
Consequently, Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day.
In 2011, Juneteenth was formally recognized as an Alabama holiday by the Alabama Legislature. Celebrations in Birmingham all support community unity and ancestral heritage. Several celebratory events are being held in Birmingham this year. Here are the ones we found.
*Birmingham on the Cheap is sharing the most recent info we could find, however, event details are subject to change. Please check with sponsors to confirm that all events are still on-going as planned.
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Juneteenth Family Reunion Picnic 2020
Celebrate Juneteenth on Friday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at W.C. Patton Park, 3969 14th Ave. N. in Birmingham with a family reunion picnic.
This is a family-friendly event promoting empowerment and unity throughout the city. Featuring local food trucks, welcome swag bags, games, dancing, music, and family fun! (No smoking or alcohol of any kind, please.)
Two hundred face masks will be given away. Onsite voter registration will be taking place. Bring your picnic gear!
First Inaugural Birmingham Juneteenth Celebration
Come out and party like it’s 1865! The First Inaugural Birmingham Juneteenth Celebration, which includes a barbecue and a peace rally, will be held on Friday from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM at East Lake Park- 8101 4th Ave. N, Birmingham.
Free hotdogs and hamburgers will be available. Bring your tents, grills, picnic blankets, coolers, and lawn chairs! A moonwalk will be available for the kids and a DJ will be on-site for the party.
The amphitheater area will be reserved for Senior Citizens and will feature a live band. Volunteers will be on-hand to assist senior guests with desired items.
Stay until the end and finish off the evening with a prayer for the city of Birmingham, plus photo ops to commemorate this historic event!
First Annual Juneteenth Block Party; “The Liberation”
Don’t miss out on the live performances, food trucks, over thirty vendors, and awesome giveaways. Hosted by the Social Elites and YoungEntrePioneers, this block party will start at 4 PM and run until the party stops!
This event will take place at 7 15th St. W., Birmingham. For more info or to find out how to be a vendor, contact 205-686-6727.
Simone’s Kitchen ATL Food Truck Grand Opening
Come on down to the kick-off for this bi-weekly Food Truck event, held at Club M Event Center in Graymont! This is the launch of Food Truck Fridays, hosted by Chef Simone, owner of Simone’s Kitchen ATL.
Featuring live music, vendors, drink specials, FREE parking, and the hottest food trucks in town, you don’t want to miss the excitement from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The address is 521 3rd Ave W, Birmingham. Purchase your $5 ticket HERE!
THE BESSEMER JUNETEENTH EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO CONCERNS ABOUT SOCIAL GATHERINGS AND THE RISKS THEY CURRENTLY PRESENT.
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