Juneteenth Wade In on Tybee Island, Georgia. Photo by Vicki Hardy Photography

Join the Juneteenth Wade-In on Tybee Island, Georgia, on June 19, 2022. Photo by Vicki Hardy Photography

Juneteenth Celebrations in Georgia

Celebrate the 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, that 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. This year, we've curated a list of a few ways you can celebrate Juneteenth here in Georgia:

Old Governor's Mansion in Milledgeville, Georgia
Old Governor's Mansion in Milledgeville, Georgia

Visit historical sites or museums

Labor Behind the Veil Tours, Milledgeville

Juneteenth Jubilee on the Lawn at Atlanta History Center, Atlanta

Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia
Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta

Celebrate the arts

Juneteenth Atlanta Parade & Music Festival, Centennial Olympic Park

Tybee Juneteenth Celebration, Tybee Island

Concert on the Green: A Juneteenth Celebration, Acworth

"Juneteenth: What Freedom Means to Me" Art Exhibit, Alpharetta

Fountain in Marietta Square
Marietta Square

Focus on fellowship with community

Juneteenth Celebration with Cobb County NAACP, Marietta

Norcross Juneteenth Celebration, Norcross

Taste of Juneteenth, Dublin

Tybee Island Pier
Tybee Island Pier

Learn more about the history of Juneteenth

Atlanta History Center Juneteenth resources

Published: May 2022