Juneteenth, which is traditionally celebrated on June 19, is just around the corner. Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to inform people that the Civil War had ended. Enslaved people were finally free. Delivery of the news –in 1865— occurred two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had already abolished slavery.
To celebrate Juneteenth’s significance, numerous educational and entertaining events will be held from June 17- 19 in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States over the weekend preceding it. However, a few festivities are being held on other dates. The federal Juneteenth holiday will be observed on June 20, 2022.
This roundup may give you a starting point to consider how you would like to plan your Juneteenth celebration, if you would like to explore community events around the region. Please confirm event details and times which may be subject to change.
The Annapolis Juneteenth Festival will feature music, entertainment, food, vendors, and fireworks at Bates Athletic Complex, 935 Spa Road, Annapolis from 2 – 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2022. A parade will be held in downtown Annapolis at 12 p.m. See https://www.theannapolisjuneteenth.org for details. Free.
The Y Swim Center in Randallstown, located at 3505 Resource Dr. in Randallstown will host a free community Juneteenth celebration from 12 – 3 p.m. on June 11, 2022. Ethnic food, activities for children, music, dancing, guest speakers, retail vendors, and contests will be available. No registration is required. Visit https://ymaryland.org/events/juneteenth-celebration for more information.
A Black Authors Book Expo Vol. 5 (BABExpo) will be held at Western High School, located at 4600 Falls Road in Baltimore on Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 2:00– 6:00 p.m. This family friendly event will feature adult and youth authors who write various genres. The free event is open to the public. Masks are encouraged. Follow the host on Instagram at @BABEXPOMD. See https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-authors-book-expo-vol-5-babexpo-tickets-288891571467?aff=ebdssbdestsearch for more information.
AFRAM Festival 2022 will be held from June 18 – June 19, 2022, 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. at 900 Druid Park Lake Dr. The free event will feature Ne-Yo, Le’Andria Johnson, El Debarge, The O’Jays and others. Visit https://aframbaltimore.com/ for details.
Pennsylvania Avenue A.M.E. Zion Church, located at 1128 Pennsylvania Avenue will celebrate Juneteenth from June 18 – 19, 2022. Saturday’s activities will include a 5K Run from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. An outdoor Family Reunion and Cookout featuring free food, music, dancing, games, crafts, face painting, flag football and more will be held from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. A Juneteenth worship service will be held on Sunday beginning at 9:00 a.m.
The Community Presents Inc., and MCB Real Estate, will host a Freedom Day Juneteenth Celebration on Sunday, June 19, 2022 at German Park- 2411 Linden Ave. from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Enjoy haircuts, food, face painting, music and more free activities. See https://www.stfranciscenter.org/ for further details.
An in-person Juneteenth Celebration: Education as Liberation will be held on June 19 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, located at 830 East Pratt St. Dr. Lawrence Jackson will discuss tracing his family’s emancipation history, his personal journey with race, fatherhood, and more. An artist talk with Oletha DeVane, discussion about grilling with business owner, Damian Mosley from Black Sauce Kitchen and food samples will be another activity. An opportunity to create a Juneteenth flag, or a Juneteenth and Father’s Day button, will be led by artist, Reba Goodall. Free admission. Register via https://17527.blackbaudhosting.com/17527/Juneteenth-Commemoration-Education-as-Liberation-In-Person
The City of Bowie will host a “Hidden Figures” Movie Night on Friday, June 17, at dusk (around 9 p.m.) to kick off the Juneteenth holiday at Allen Pond Park. Attendees are invited to bring food, a blanket or chairs to enjoy the movie which celebrates Black women scientists. Visit https://www.cityofbowie.org/Juneteenth for more details.
“The Road to Jubilee!: A Juneteenth Celebration” will be hosted by The Coalition of African Americans in the Performing Arts on June 18, from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the Amphitheater at Allen Pond Park, which is located at 3330 Northview Drive Bowie, MD 20716. The musical extravaganza will include a raffle, singers, an African drummer, pianist, dancers, and poetry. All ages are invited to attend. Visit https://www.cityofbowie.org/Juneteenth for additional information.
The Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, located at 300 Oella Avenue in Catonsville will provide food, music, performers, vendors, crafts and family fun from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2022 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Visit https://www.enjoybaltimorecounty.com/Events/juneteenth-at-benjamin-banneker-park-and-museum to learn more about the free event or call 410-887-1081.
The NAACP of Allegany County; the Washington County NAACP Branch 7030; and Garrett County Branch 7139 will host a second Annual Juneteenth Festival located at Canal Place in Cumberland, Md. On Saturday, June 18 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., a Juneteenth Black History Tour will be held at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. From 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., a parade will be held from Washington Street to Canal Place. From 12:00 – 6:00 p.m., live bands, a pig roast, cookout, health fair, Kid Zone and vendors will be included in the festival. On Sunday June 19 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. guests may enjoy a free gospel explosion and festival. Call 301-876-9523 to confirm details or visit https://www.visitmaryland.org/events/Juneteenth .
The Hosanna School Museum—located at 2424 Castleton Road in Darlington, Md. will feature “edu-tainment” for the entire family, including Buffalo Soldiers with horse rides, lectures, a genealogy workshop, crafts, book signings and a puppet show on June 18, 2022, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event price is $18.65, but children 12 and under will be admitted free. For more details and to register, visit www.HosannaSchoolMuseum.org .
The District of Columbia
From June 17-19, Pharrell Williams’ Something in the Water Festival comes to Washington, D.C. Various artists will perform at Independence Avenue NW, Washington, DC Visit https://somethinginthewater.frontgatetickets.com for details and ticket information.
Take a trip to see the original Emancipation Proclamation and companion document, General Order No. 3, at the National Archives at the National Archives, located at 700 Constitution Avenue NW from June 18-20. The Archives will be open from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Admission is free. An online discussion will be held on June 17 at 7:00 p.m. will be held. Visit https://www.archives.gov/calendar/event/juneteenth-a-celebration for more details and registration information.
An Eastern Shore Juneteenth Parade & Festival will feature a parade and festival. Vendors, children’s activities, and other entertainment will be included on Saturday, June 18 from 1 -6 p.m. in downtown Salisbury. The parade is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at Main Street Plaza. The free festival will follow immediately after at North Division Street. Visit https://www.esjuneteenth.com/ for more information.
The Gaithersburg Community Museum will host a “Celebrating Juneteenth” drop-in activity on Sunday, June 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free event will allow visitors to learn about the official Juneteenth flag and more at 9 South Summit Avenue in Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877. Visit https://www.gaithersburgmd.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/23001/3322 for details.
On June 18 a free family event which will be open to the public will be held from 12 noon –5 p.m. at Watkins Regional Park, located at 301 Watkins Park Dr. Visit https://www.mncppc.org/780/Juneteenth to learn more about the event for county residents. You may email the Black History Program coordinators at [email protected] to obtain more details.
A virtual, Zoom genealogy workshop will be held on June 18 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The keynote address is entitled “Juneteenth: More Than A Celebration.” The Prince George’s County based community event requires registration via https://www.pgcm-aahgs.org/events/Juneteenth by June 15. More information can be obtained by calling Carolyn Rowe at 301-292-2751 or Jane Thomas at 301-292-1207.
A Juneteenth Celebration will be held at Wolf Trap on June 19. Thee Phantom and the Illharmonic Orchestra will perform during a special family-friendly event. A live 40-piece orchestra will fuse classical music with contemporary and hip-hop composers. Representation in the classical music space is led by a husband-and-wife duo (Thee Phantom and The Phoenix). DJ Philly C is featured. Visit https://allaccess.wolftrap.org/2022/05/27/a-juneteenth-celebration/ for ticket information and details.