5 ways to observe Juneteenth in Charleston

Charleston has educational and celebratory events to commemorate Juneteenth that kick off this weekend.

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Don’t miss this celebration on King Street.

Photo provided by the City of Charleston

Juneteenth is a holiday observed on June 19, marking the day in 1865 when federal troops entered Galveston, Texas, announcing the emancipation of enslaved people. And in 2021, it became a federal holiday.

Here are a few events to observe the holiday in the Holy City.

Juneteenth Family Fest | Saturday, June 15 | 3-10 p.m. | Riverfront Park, 1061 Everglades Ave., North Charleston

Celebrations for this community and family-based event will include live performances, Black art displays, kids’ games, and cultural food. Don’t miss the finale, which will feature fireworks. Tickets start at $7.50.

J19 Week Parade | Sunday, June 16 | 3 p.m. | Montague Avenue

This inaugural parade will travel Montague Avenue through Liberty Hill and end at the CVS Pharmacy. The celebration will continue at the Felix Pinckney Center.

Juneteenth with Chef Rod. Vol. III | Wednesday, June 19 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Edmund’s Oast, 1081 Morrison Dr.

Celebrate freedom and community through food. Chef Rod will serve up dishes while sharing the history behind Juneteenth. Menu items include Pork Belly Sammich, jerk-style short ribs, and Charleston chewy ice cream. Pro tip: Seating is limited, so grab your spot — tickets are $55.

Maroon Walk | Thursday, June 20 | Times vary | Locations vary

This year’s self-guided walks showcase eight locations on campus that display the history of African-descended people in Charleston + honor settlements made by people who escaped enslavement. Participants are encouraged to pick up mini flags from the Office of Institutional Diversity and to place them as they visit each location.

Juneteenth on King | Wednesday, June 19 | 6-9 p.m. | King + Ann Streets

This family-friendly block party will celebrate the announcement of the MOJA Arts Festival’s 40th anniversary season and include outdoor dining, live music, dancing, and artisans and crafts vendors.

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