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 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, 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
Learn about the people who lived and worked at the Old Governor's Mansion in Milledgeville, Georgia, on Labor Behind the Veil Tours.

Visit historical sites and museums

Juneteenth Commemoration at the William Root House Museum, Marietta (June 11)

Juneteenth at Sautee Nacoochee Center (June 18)

Jubilee: A Juneteenth Celebration at The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta (June 18-19)

Juneteenth Jubilee on the Lawn at Atlanta History Center, Atlanta (June 19)

Labor Behind the Veil Tours, Milledgeville (by appointment)

Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia
Centennial Olympic Park will be the site of the Juneteenth Atlanta Parade & Music Festival

Celebrate the arts

Juneteenth Atlanta Parade & Music Festival, Centennial Olympic Park (June 17-19)

Concert on the Green: A Juneteenth Celebration, Acworth (June 18)

Tybee Juneteenth Celebration, Tybee Island (June 18-19)

"Juneteenth: What Freedom Means to Me" Art Exhibit, Alpharetta (through July 29)

Glover Park on the square in Marietta, Georgia, will host Juneteenth celebration events.
Celebrate Juneteenth in Glover Park on Marietta Square

Focus on fellowship with community

Juneteenth Celebration with Cobb County NAACP, Marietta (June 17-18)

Taste of Juneteenth, Dublin (June 18-19)

Norcross Juneteenth Celebration, Norcross (June 19)

Juneteenth Celebration - Camden County, St. Marys (June 19)

Celebrate Juneteenth at Tybee Island Pier
Tybee Island Pier will host Juneteenth celebration events.

Resources about the history of Juneteenth

Atlanta History Center Juneteenth resources

Published: May 2022