Juneteenth celebrations in the Austin area

Officially a National Holiday!
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President Biden signed the bill on Thursday, June 17, 2021 making Juneteenth a national holiday starting this Saturday, June 19, 2021. Friday (6/18) most federal offices will be closed to observe the holiday. Juneteenth National Independence Day is the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day, observed on the 3rd Monday in January, in 1983.

On July 29, 2020 the Austin City Council established Juneteenth on June 19 as an official holiday in Austin!

Juneteenth is historically the celebration that falls on the day in 1865 Texans were told by Union troops that the Civil War had ended and all the slaves were freed. The Emancipation Proclamation issued on January 1, 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln came 2 1/2 years earlier than the announcement to Texas.

On Saturday, June 19, 2021 Juneteenth celebrations will look a lot different from last year with people coming together in parades, festivals and more. Celebrating and honoring those who survived an inhumane system and thrived as Americans and Texans standing together for Social Justice!

Central Texas Juneteenth Parade & Park Festival
Historic East Austin and Rosewood Park on Saturday 6/19. GEAYA / Central Texas Juneteenth Parade starts at 10am. Juneteenth Park festival at 12pm Rosewood Park with fireworks at 9pm. 2300 Rosewood Ave, ATX. Rosewood Neighborhood Park. Parade route map

Stay Black and Live Vol. 2
Presented by: Six Square, Carver Museum ATX, and the Black Austin Coalition, in partnership with Jump On It, the Austin Area Urban League, Austin Justice Coalition and GEAYA. A city-wide celebration on Saturday 6/19 from 10am-10pm. Parade, panel discussions, live entertainment, live after party in Rosewood Park with a fireworks finish! 2300 Rosewood Ave, ATX. Click here for the full day of events.

Black UX Austin is a sponsor of Stay Black and Live Vol.2 with a Juneteenth ATX Celebration Watch Party. A virtual stream from Carver Museum 1pm-5pm at the Life in the City UMC Garden 211 E. Monroe St. ATX, 78704.

Juneteenth celebrations including vaccinations to help #StoptheSpread. You'll find pop ups during the weekend.

Buda's 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration Saturday 6/19 from 10a-2p under the Buda Amphitheater & City Park pavilion @ 204 San Antonio St, Buda, TX 78610. music, food and activities to commemorate Freedom Day for Black Americans across our country.

2nd Annual Hutto Juneteenth Celebration
Black Families of Hutto invite ALL to come celebrate. To be a vendor, donor, or volunteer visit here. Saturday 6/19 from 10am-6pm @ 500 W. Live Oak Hutto, TX 78634 is a 3 part celebration!
10am - Citizens Match from Hutto Middle School to City Hall. Bring signs to show solidarity with Black Humanity.
11am - Ceremony - Community Leaders and Organizations will speak on the historical and significance of the Juneteenth celebration.
12-6pm - Festival & Vendor Fair with local retailers and food trucks. Come enjoy local entertainment and have some fun.

Travis County Juneteenth Park Day
East Metro Park Saturday 6/9 from 10am-2pm the Texas Parks and Wildlife will have fishing poles and bait to fish at the park pond, swimming in the YMCA pool, and food booths are available. COVID-19 vaccines available for those not vaccinated. 18706 Blake Manor Road, Manor, TX

Noir Creators SpaceJuneteenth Open Market
Saturday, 6/19 at St. Mary's Baptist Church from 12-6pm @ 1202 Russell Street Pflugerville, TX 78660. Hosting 40 local black owned businesses offering food, beverage, haircare, beauty and more.

Round Rock:
Juneteenth Rhythm & Ribs Festival 2021
FREE event for the entire family thanks to “The Voice” Inc. and the City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department. Saturday 6/19 from 4-11:30 p at the Lakeview Pavilion in Old Settlers Park 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, Texas. Enjoy a powerhouse music lineup, specialty food / Ribs, vendors and more.

Juneteenth more to know:

Opal Lee walks to DC Live Opal Lee was born in Marshall, Texas on October 7, 1926. She moved to Forth Worth, Texas at age 10. Her life's journey has lead her to the path of being considered by many the 'Grandmother of Juneteeth'. In 2016, at the age of 89, she started walking from Fort Worth, TX to Washington DC in support of making Juneteenth / June 19 a National Holiday. Opal Lee would say she's just a little old lady in tennis shoes getting in everyone's business. More here

Opal Lee, the Grandmother of Juneteenth, finally has her life's dream come true.

The Juneteenth Legacy Project / Absolute Equality for All

‘On Juneteenth,’ by Annette Gordon-Reed a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian taking on the Texas holiday that has gone national.

Rosie Mayes Classic Red Velvet Cake / Cookbook author-I Heart Soul Food
Red Velvet Cake's relationship with Juneteenth comes from the color. It started during the 20th Century when red food coloring, Adams Extract / Texas company, created a vibrant red makeover. Red Velvet Cake has become part of the celebration.