From cookouts to parades, here’s how you can commemorate a joyful day of remembrance.
– KEYS SOULCARE
On Juneteenth, a day of reflection and celebration, let us take the time to honor our past and celebrate the present. The holiday pays tribute to June 19, 1865, when the last enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texas learned they were free in the United States, months after the official end of the Civil War.
Whether you’re a seasoned Juneteenth pro or new to the celebration, here are ten ideas for you and your loved ones to raise awareness and commemorate this important historical moment.
TURN UP AND GET DOWN
What’s a party without some dancing? Music is a love language. Creating a playlist to rock out to is a fun way to move your body and support a movement. Gather your friends and family and put on your favorite tunes by Black artists. Get your groove on and celebrate freedom in style.
GET EDUCATED AND SPREAD AWARENESS
Juneteenth is a day to celebrate, but it’s also a day to remember the struggles and triumphs of Black Americans. Take some time to learn about the history of Juneteenth and share that knowledge with others. The more we know, the more we can unite to fight for racial justice.
SUPPORT BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES
One of the best ways to celebrate Juneteenth? Supporting Black-owned businesses. Whether it’s a restaurant, bookstore, or clothing store, make a conscious effort to put your money where your mouth is and support the Black community.
HOST A COOKOUT WITH A TWIST
Who doesn’t love a good cookout? But instead of the usual burgers and hot dogs, try incorporating some traditional southern African-American dishes into your menu. Think collard greens, cornbread, and sweet potato pie. (Your taste buds will thank you.)
CREATE ART THAT CELEBRATES BLACK CULTURE
Art is a powerful tool for expression and celebration. Get creative and make some art that celebrates Black culture. Let your imagination run wild, whether a painting, sculpture, or poem.
VOLUNTEER FOR A CAUSE THAT SUPPORTS RACIAL JUSTICE
Juneteenth is a day to celebrate freedom, but we still have a long way to go when it comes to racial justice. Volunteer for a cause that supports the Black community, whether it’s through a local organization or a national nonprofit.
ATTEND A JUNETEENTH PARADE OR FESTIVAL
Many cities across the United States have parades and festivals to celebrate Juneteenth. Check out what’s happening in your area and join in the festivities. You’ll get to meet new people, learn more about the history of Juneteenth, and have a great time.
EXPLORE BLACK HISTORY IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Black history is American history, and countless sites across the country celebrate the contributions of Black Americans. Take a trip to a local museum or historic site and learn more about the history of Black Americans in your community.
HAVE A MOVIE MARATHON FEATURING BLACK ACTORS AND FILMMAKERS
What better way to celebrate Juneteenth than with a movie marathon featuring Black actors and filmmakers? From classics like Do the Right Thing to Marvel heavy hitters like Black Panther, there are plenty of great films to choose from.
DONATE TO ORGANIZATIONS THAT SUPPORT THE BLACK COMMUNITY
Finally, if you’re looking for a way to give back, consider donating to organizations that support the Black community. Whether it’s a local nonprofit or a national organization, your contribution can make a big difference.
Whether you choose to dance, learn, eat, create, or volunteer, just remember to celebrate freedom and honor the struggles and triumphs of the Black community.
How are you celebrating Juneteenth? Let us know in the comments!