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Celebrating Juneteenth in Seattle

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HONORING FREEDOM & HISTORY

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers informed the enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, that the Civil War had ended and they were free—nearly three years after the Emancipation Proclamation.


It is considered the longest-running holiday in African American and Black communities, and was often observed with community celebrations on the third Saturday in June. Juneteenth became a federal holiday after the U.S. Congress passed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act in 2021.


Nationwide, Juneteenth has evolved into a vibrant cultural holiday. For Seattleites, this is an opportunity to engage with an array of events highlighting Black culture, history, and community spirit. Whether you're a Seattle native or new to the city, the Juneteenth celebrations offer a chance to connect, reflect, and enjoy:



JUNETEENTH EVENTS IN SEATTLE

Seattle’s largest Juneteenth event is set to take place at Jimi Hendrix Park. This celebration, held on June 19, promises to be a lively day filled with music, art, and community spirit. Jimi Hendrix Park, named after Seattle’s own legendary guitarist, is an apt venue for an event that embraces cultural heritage and artistic expression. Expect live performances from local musicians, dance groups, and spoken word artists that honor the legacy of Black culture and creativity.


The NAAM will host a series of events including their annual Juneteenth festivities. These will feature live music, interactive exhibits, and historical reenactments. Additionally, the museum will provide educational panels and family-friendly activities, making it an enriching experience for all ages.


Experience the vibrancy of Seattle's 8th Annual Juneteenth Celebration at Othello Park on June 22nd, hosted by It Takes a Village AMSA Edition. Delight in soulful melodies, electrifying dance performances, and homestyle soul food, all honoring resilience, heritage, and the spirit of liberation. Join in to honor the past, celebrate the present, and pave the way for a brighter tomorrow.


For those waaaaaay down south (Tacoma area), check out the Tacoma Juneteenth celebration at Stewart Heights Park. This free event features over 150 vendors, headline performances by several local artists, the (2nd annual) Miss Juneteenth Pageant, a Kid’s Play Zone with bouncy houses, games and more.


Over 100 state parks in Washington waive entrance and parking fees in observance of Juneteenth. This includes free access to Mount Rainier National Park (though reservations are still required and camping fees may apply).


OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

Here’s how you can make the most of Juneteenth in Seattle:

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