Juneteenth celebrations in the Austin area

An official Austin Holiday
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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 & Festival on Saturday 6/19 @ 6pm at Britton, Durst, Howard, Spence Bldg. Chestnut House 1183 Chestnut Avenue, ATX 78702. Registration is June 3-10th. Historical Juneteenth Parade registration Park Festival vendor registration

Buda's 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration on 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.

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.

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.