LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, is celebrated annually on June 19.
The holiday is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States – it became an official federal holiday in 2021.
“As this is the first year the city has truly been able to celebrate June 19 as a national holiday, it’s important that we support a variety of local June 19 events and celebrations,” said council member James. Brown.
The city organizes a variety of events to celebrate Juneteenth:
Moondance Amphitheater, 1152 Monarch St.
June 18 | noon – 7 p.m.
June 19 Jubilee
African Cemetery No. 2, 419 East Seventh St.
June 18 | 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The 17th annual celebration shines a light on the spirit of freedom and honors the Civil War soldiers who fought for that freedom.
June 16 party
Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden, 577 East Third St.
June 19 | 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Morning services, entertainment, children’s activities, information booths, vendors and community community celebrating the liberation of black Americans.
Wise Guys Barbershop & Georgetown St. Neighborhood Association Juneteenth Celebration
Douglas Park, 726 Georgetown Street.
June 19 | 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
A community celebration with the goal of raising neighborhood awareness of culture, history, equality and peace. Food service from chef Doug Johannes from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., music from DJ Classic, inflatable structures and fireworks.
June 19 Independence Day Celebration: Afrilachian Poets Literary Event
Lyric Theater & Cultural Arts Center, 300 East Third St.
June 19 | 7 p.m.
Celebrating African American independence and freedom with acclaimed members of the Afrilachian Poets. Special guest hosts are current Kentucky Poet Laureate Crystal Wilkinson and former Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker.
More information on celebrating Juneteenth in Lexington can be found here.