Juneteenth is so much more than America's newest (2021) federally observed holiday. Also referred to as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated annually on June 19 to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the US. The holiday was first celebrated in Texas, where on that date in 1865, in the aftermath of the Civil War, enslaved people were declared free under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation.

We encourage you to take the day to educate yourself. support local Black-owned businesses, volunteer and participate in community celebrations and observances. Use our list to help you!

Interior museum display at Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta

Other nearby things to do in celebration of Juneteenth:

  • Visit the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. The center features thought provoking exhibits and memorable experiences that you don't want to miss. 
  • Visit The King Center in Atlanta to learn more about the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
  • Atlanta's Apex Museum offers the African American Panoramic Experience all year long. 
  • Hammonds House Museum in Atlanta has a mission "to preserve, exhibit, interpret and increase public awareness about the contributions that visual artists of African descent have made to world culture".
  • The Madame CJ Walker Museum and WERDStudio celebrates both, Madame C.J. Walker, the first female self-made millionaire and WERDStudio the first Black-owned radio station in the country.