Live in the DTL Juneteenth celebration in Lawrenceville, Georgia

Live in the DTL Juneteenth celebration in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Photo by City of Lawrenceville

Juneteenth Celebrations in Georgia

Celebrate the Juneteenth holiday with friends and family at festivals, concerts and more special events throughout the state.

For decades, communities have celebrated Juneteenth, now recognized as a federal holiday, as a way to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved African Americans across the United States. It marks the official day, June 19, 1865, when enslaved people of Galveston, Texas, received news of their freedom — more than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Across the country, celebrations are often marked with parades, festivals, and family gatherings to honor the cultural and historical significance of the holiday while also providing a space for education and reflection. Here is a list of a few ways you can celebrate Juneteenth in Georgia.

Juneteenth Events & Festivals

June 14

Lawrenceville: LIVE in the DTL Juneteenth Celebration

Celebrate diversity through a variety of expressions of Black culture, including live music, art, and food. Bring your blankets, chairs, and dancing shoes for this free concert.

June 14-16

Marietta: 21st Juneteenth Weekend Celebration

The Cobb County Branch of the NAACP, in conjunction with the City of Marietta, is hosting Juneteenth in the Marietta Square June 14-16, 2024. The weekend kicks off with an All White Party on Friday night at 6 p.m. The Juneteenth Cultural Festival will be in the Square on Saturday, featuring food, merchandise and information vendors, a health fair and entertainment from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. The celebration culminates on Father's Day with a Salute to Fathers at 2 p.m. Free admission.

June 15

Acworth: Concert on the Green: A Juneteenth Celebration

Bring blankets and folding chairs, and join the celebration of freedom and respect for all cultures at Logan Farm Park starting at 5 p.m. with live music from 7-9 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Atlanta: Juneteenth Celebration at the Atlanta History Center

Join this free public program that combines the celebration of Black culinary heritage with America's pastime, baseball. Through culinary demonstrations and exhibitions – including More Than Brave: The Life of Henry Aaron, which explores the legacy of one of baseball's greatest players, and "Barbecue Nation," an exploration of the history of barbecue – celebrate the legacy of Juneteenth and the joyous union of food, family, and heritage

Atlanta: Juneteenth Family Festival at Oakland Cemetery

Join the FREE Juneteenth celebration for the whole family, including live music, children's storytelling, free tours, food vendors and more.

Dublin: Taste of Juneteenth

Celebrate the significance of African history, arts, and culture with a festival full of educational and entertaining dance, music, spoken word performances, and so much more. Enjoy a parade, live music and entertainment, food, and art for the whole family.

Group of women dancing in a street with vendor booths along the side
Juneteenth Festival at Town at Trilith in Fayetteville, Georgia

Fayetteville: Juneteenth Festival at Town at Trilith

Connect, reflect, and rejoice in the spirit of Juneteenth at this festival, featuring live music, vendor booths, and food trucks.

Forsyth: Juneteenth Celebration

Visit the Telling Our Story Black History Museum for live music, food and family entertainment starting at 4:30 p.m.

Griffin: Juneteenth Parade and Celebration

Watch the parade at 10 a.m. and join the Juneteenth Ceremony at noon. Afterward, enjoy family entertainment and festivities.

Marietta: Juneteenth at the William Root House Museum

Commemorate Juneteenth with guided museum tours, living history demonstrations, storytelling, and more. Free admission.

Perry: Juneteenth Freedom Day Festival

Celebrate freedom and equality at this festival with live entertainment, children's activities, food trucks, and more.

Stonecrest: Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom

Enjoy a kids zone, live performances, food trucks, vendors and a fireworks show.

Sugar Hill: Juneteenth Celebration

Experience a day packed with food trucks, vendors, games, a pageant and more.

Tucker: Juneteenth Jubilee

Catch a live vocal performance on Main Street from Shameia Crawford immediately preceding the Unity Parade. After the parade, enjoy guest speakers, musical and dance performances, acrobatics, a kid's area, vendors, food, and fun!

Woodbine: Juneteenth Jubilee

Enjoy live entertainment, including a performance by singer-songwriter Noa, vendors, games, free food from 12-1 p.m., free books about African American history and culture, presentations about the history of Juneteenth, and raffle prizes.

June 15-16

Atlanta: Jubilee: A Juneteenth Celebration

Visit The National Center for Civil and Human Rights to celebrate Juneteenth through music, history, and culture. Enjoy music, trivia, a scavenger hunt, outdoor activities and more.

Juliette: After Juneteenth -- A New Beginning in Middle Georgia

Join a walking tour of Jarrell Plantation Historic Site to learn about the enslaved people who lived in middle Georgia before the Civil War and stayed after to seek a new beginning. Reservations required.

June 18

Atlanta: Juneteenth with Djoli Kelen

Visit the Children's Museum of Atlanta to learn about Juneteenth and enjoy a special performance by Djoli Kelen at noon.

Lithonia: Juneteenth Storytelling Festival

Join the Arabia Alliance for this second annual festival, and hear and share stories and oral histories about vibrant African-American communities in the Deep South. Tickets will include free books, fresh produce, and lunch.

Marietta: Juneteenth Tour of the Marietta City Cemetery

Take a walking tour through the Marietta City Cemetery that will highlight African Americans buried there. The tour will explore stories of those who were enslaved or who became community leaders fighting for equality and civil rights.

June 19

Augusta: Juneteenth Augusta Festival

Join this free event to hear from speakers, take part in health and wellness checks, and enjoy musical and spoken word acts, exhibits, entertainment for kids, and vendors.

June 21-23

Atlanta: Juneteenth Atlanta Parade & Music Festival in Piedmont Park

Join family and friends to mark the Juneteenth holiday in Atlanta's Piedmont Park with a parade, music, art, food and celebrations of Black culture. The free, three-day Juneteenth Atlanta Parade & Music Festival features music performances on six stages. Check the festival website for the complete lineup of performers.

June 22

Powder Springs: Juneteenth Celebration

Visit Thurman Springs Park for an afternoon of entertainment, food and artisan vendors. Stop by The Unity In HIStory Tent for information about the history of Juneteenth, and at the end of the day, enjoy a Unity Circle with Attoungblan Dance & Drumming.

Savannah: Juneteenth Fine Arts Festival

Experience the richness of African American heritage through cooking demonstrations, storytelling, and mesmerizing dance performances. With spoken word poetry and an array of activities, the Savannah Juneteenth Fine Arts Festival promises an enriching and unforgettable celebration for all.

Published: June 2024
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