Celebrating Freedom: Central Florida Juneteenth events

As the nation commemorates Juneteenth, many celebrations will be held throughout Central Florida this year. What is Juneteenth?On June 19, 1865, Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger and Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, spreading the word that the American Civil War ended and enslaved people were now free. It took two-and-a-half years for the news to get to Texas after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation became official on Jan. 1, 1863. The 13th Amendment, ratified in 1865, freed enslaved people throughout the country.In 2021, President Joe Biden signed legislation establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19 every year. In 2022, the day falls on a Sunday, which means it will be observed on Monday, June 20.How to celebrate Juneteenth in Central FloridaJuneteenth is celebrated across the county with backyard barbeques, parades, festivals and more! Click here for events from Visit Orlando.Thursday: WHAT: Orange County’s Juneteenth CelebrationWHEN: Thursday, June 16, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Orange County Administration Building- Front LawnWHERE: 201 S. Rosalind Ave, Orlando, FL 32801Residents are invited to join Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings and the Orange County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Initiative for a celebration recognizing the Juneteenth Independence Day – June 19, 1865. This is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 16th, Orange County will celebrate freedom, equality and progress in Central Florida and across the globe. This in itself is what Juneteenth Independence Day is all about. Through collaboration and inclusion, Orange County is creating a community culture that works for everyone. There will be live entertainment, free give-a-ways, and food trucks to celebrate the occasion. Click here to learn more.Saturday: WHAT: City of Orlando’s Inaugural Juneteenth CelebrationWHEN: Saturday, June 18, 12 – 5 p.m. at Lake Lorna Doone ParkWHERE: 1519 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32805Join Mayor Buddy Dyer, District 5 Commissioner Regina I. Hill and District 6 Commissioner Bakari F. Burns for the Inaugural Juneteenth Celebration at Lake Lorna Doone Park. The event will feature live music and entertainment, a kid’s zone, a vendor village and food trucks. Click here to learn more.Saturday:WHAT: Black Friday Orlando Block Party & Scavenger HuntWHEN: Saturday, June 22, 1 – 6 p.m. at ⁠the Orange County History Center +⁠ Wall Street Plaza⁠WHERE: 25 Wall St, Orlando, FL 32801Celebrate Juneteenth with Black Friday Orlando. For the third year, the weekend of events is back! Come out for the family-Friendly Block Party with vendors, food trucks, a kids’ zone, and so much more!⁠ Orange County History Center +⁠ Wall Street Plaza⁠ 25 Wall St, Orlando, FL 32801. Click here to learn more. Saturday: WHAT: 24th Annual Juneteenth Family Festival in Daytona BeachWHEN: Saturday, June 18, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Cypress Street Park and Midtown Cultural and Educational CenterWHERE: 925 George Engram Blvd., in Daytona Beach, FL.The free event will feature the Sankofa African American Museum on Wheels. Theexhibit includes more than 500 artifacts that document African American life datingback to the 1800s. This event will also include African dancers; live musicalentertainment; over 100 vendors including food vendors featuring fresh seafood,sandwiches, barbecue, fried Oreos, and frozen treats; merchandise including art andclothing vendors; children’s games and large inflatables; a 25-foot rock climbing wall; train; pony rides; a stilt walker; and a fashion show featuring severaldesigners. Community health service agencies will provide free health testing andinformation. The Big Red Bus will be on-site for blood donations. A pound cake contest will take place at 2:00 p.m. Click here to learn more. Saturday:WHAT: Celebrating Our Heritage and Freedom in ApopkaWHEN: Saturday, June 18, 3 – 10 p.m. at the Apopka Amphitheater WHERE: 3710 Jason Dwelley Pkwy. Apopka, FL 32712Come and join us as we celebrate our Juneteenth Independence Day at Apopka Amphitheater. Live performances + DJs! There’s also a kid entrepreneur zone, arts and craft vendors, food trucks, and educational opportunities. A percentage of your support will go to kids in the Central Florida area for financial camps. Click here to learn more.Saturday:WHAT: Kissimmee Juneteenth WHEN: Saturday, June 18, 12 -5 p.m. at Kissimmee Lakefront Park, Festival LawnWHERE: 69 Lakeview Drive, Kissimmee, Florida 34741The Kissimmee Juneteenth Festival is a celebration of community, culture, and unity that is perfect for the entire family. Juneteenth is an annual commemoration of the end to slavery in the United States and a community celebration of African American culture, including live music, delicious food, and craft vendors. Click here to learn more.Saturday:WHAT: Oviedo Juneteenth Freedom DayWHEN: Saturday, June 18, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Round Lake ParkWHERE: 891 E. Round Lake ParkOrganizers say this is a celebration for the entire family. They invite everyone to come join in as they salute announcement of the abolition of slavery in the United States. There will be educational resources, food, games, DJs and more. Click here to learn more. Sunday: WHAT: Eatonville Juneteenth WHEN: Sunday, June 19, 4 p.m. at Macedonia Missionary Baptist ChurchWHERE: 412 E Kennedy Blvd, Eatonville, FL 32751This is a community event involving the whole community of the Town of Eatonville. As the oldest incorporated black municipality Town in the USA, leaders say they are honored to recognize Juneteenth. Click here to learn more. Sunday:WHAT: 2nd annual Facets of Freedom: A Juneteenth CelebrationWHEN: Sun., June 19, 6 p.m. at Loch Haven ParkWHERE: 777 E. Princeton St., Orlando, FL Presented by Black Theater Girl Magic. Enjoy a multi-disciplinary live art experience, incredible food and spirits by Black Owned Food trucks, browse the pop-up market, and take in the culture of the Black Arts Community. Tickets are $20. Click here to learn more.

As the nation commemorates Juneteenth, many celebrations will be held throughout Central Florida this year.

What is Juneteenth?

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On June 19, 1865, Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger and Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, spreading the word that the American Civil War ended and enslaved people were now free. It took two-and-a-half years for the news to get to Texas after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation became official on Jan. 1, 1863. The 13th Amendment, ratified in 1865, freed enslaved people throughout the country.

In 2021, President Joe Biden signed legislation establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday.

Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19 every year. In 2022, the day falls on a Sunday, which means it will be observed on Monday, June 20.

How to celebrate Juneteenth in Central Florida

Juneteenth is celebrated across the county with backyard barbeques, parades, festivals and more! Click here for events from Visit Orlando.

Thursday:

WHAT: Orange County’s Juneteenth Celebration

WHEN: Thursday, June 16, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Orange County Administration Building- Front Lawn

WHERE: 201 S. Rosalind Ave, Orlando, FL 32801

Residents are invited to join Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings and the Orange County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Initiative for a celebration recognizing the Juneteenth Independence Day – June 19, 1865. This is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 16th, Orange County will celebrate freedom, equality and progress in Central Florida and across the globe. This in itself is what Juneteenth Independence Day is all about. Through collaboration and inclusion, Orange County is creating a community culture that works for everyone. There will be live entertainment, free give-a-ways, and food trucks to celebrate the occasion. Click here to learn more.


Saturday:

WHAT: City of Orlando’s Inaugural Juneteenth Celebration

WHEN: Saturday, June 18, 12 – 5 p.m. at Lake Lorna Doone Park

WHERE: 1519 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32805

Join Mayor Buddy Dyer, District 5 Commissioner Regina I. Hill and District 6 Commissioner Bakari F. Burns for the Inaugural Juneteenth Celebration at Lake Lorna Doone Park. The event will feature live music and entertainment, a kid’s zone, a vendor village and food trucks. Click here to learn more.

Saturday:

WHAT: Black Friday Orlando Block Party & Scavenger Hunt

WHEN: Saturday, June 22, 1 – 6 p.m. at ⁠the Orange County History Center +⁠ Wall Street Plaza⁠

WHERE: 25 Wall St, Orlando, FL 32801

Celebrate Juneteenth with Black Friday Orlando. For the third year, the weekend of events is back! Come out for the family-Friendly Block Party with vendors, food trucks, a kids’ zone, and so much more!⁠ Orange County History Center +⁠ Wall Street Plaza⁠ 25 Wall St, Orlando, FL 32801. Click here to learn more.

Saturday:

WHAT: 24th Annual Juneteenth Family Festival in Daytona Beach

WHEN: Saturday, June 18, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Cypress Street Park and Midtown Cultural and Educational Center

WHERE: 925 George Engram Blvd., in Daytona Beach, FL.

The free event will feature the Sankofa African American Museum on Wheels. The
exhibit includes more than 500 artifacts that document African American life dating
back to the 1800s. This event will also include African dancers; live musical
entertainment; over 100 vendors including food vendors featuring fresh seafood,
sandwiches, barbecue, fried Oreos, and frozen treats; merchandise including art and
clothing vendors; children’s games and large inflatables; a 25-foot rock climbing wall; train; pony rides; a stilt walker; and a fashion show featuring several
designers. Community health service agencies will provide free health testing and
information. The Big Red Bus will be on-site for blood donations. A pound cake contest will take place at 2:00 p.m. Click here to learn more.

Saturday:

WHAT: Celebrating Our Heritage and Freedom in Apopka

WHEN: Saturday, June 18, 3 – 10 p.m. at the Apopka Amphitheater

WHERE: 3710 Jason Dwelley Pkwy. Apopka, FL 32712

Come and join us as we celebrate our Juneteenth Independence Day at Apopka Amphitheater. Live performances + DJs! There’s also a kid entrepreneur zone, arts and craft vendors, food trucks, and educational opportunities. A percentage of your support will go to kids in the Central Florida area for financial camps. Click here to learn more.

Saturday:

WHAT: Kissimmee Juneteenth

WHEN: Saturday, June 18, 12 -5 p.m. at Kissimmee Lakefront Park, Festival Lawn

WHERE: 69 Lakeview Drive, Kissimmee, Florida 34741

The Kissimmee Juneteenth Festival is a celebration of community, culture, and unity that is perfect for the entire family. Juneteenth is an annual commemoration of the end to slavery in the United States and a community celebration of African American culture, including live music, delicious food, and craft vendors. Click here to learn more.

Saturday:

WHAT: Oviedo Juneteenth Freedom Day

WHEN: Saturday, June 18, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Round Lake Park

WHERE: 891 E. Round Lake Park

Organizers say this is a celebration for the entire family. They invite everyone to come join in as they salute announcement of the abolition of slavery in the United States. There will be educational resources, food, games, DJs and more. Click here to learn more.

Sunday:

WHAT: Eatonville Juneteenth

WHEN: Sunday, June 19, 4 p.m. at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church

WHERE: 412 E Kennedy Blvd, Eatonville, FL 32751

This is a community event involving the whole community of the Town of Eatonville. As the oldest incorporated black municipality Town in the USA, leaders say they are honored to recognize Juneteenth. Click here to learn more.

Sunday:

WHAT: 2nd annual Facets of Freedom: A Juneteenth Celebration

WHEN: Sun., June 19, 6 p.m. at Loch Haven Park

WHERE: 777 E. Princeton St., Orlando, FL

Presented by Black Theater Girl Magic. Enjoy a multi-disciplinary live art experience, incredible food and spirits by Black Owned Food trucks, browse the pop-up market, and take in the culture of the Black Arts Community. Tickets are $20. Click here to learn more.

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