There are a number of different ways that people celebrate the day: parades, marches and barbecues. Many people get together for ceremonies that include public service awards, prayer, and the raising of the Juneteenth Flag. Government and educational facilities will often have programs or information regarding the history of the holiday and the Emancipation Proclamation.

Juneteenth has been celebrated in Charlotte for the last 25 years at the House of Africa by the man affectionately known as “Pop” and this year will be even better because of the simple fact that Juneteenth is now a nationally recognized holiday.

The 25th Annual Juneteenth of the Carolinas festival got underway in Charlotte on Thursday. It’s a four-day event with fun for everyone, starting with the kids.

On Thursday, a Youth Day Camp was held at Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School, with students participating from all over the city.  Celebrations continue Friday with the inaugural drum circle, a community fellowship and the annual talent show.  On Saturday, a march will begin at the Grady Cole Center and finish at the House of Africa on Thomas Avenue, where the festival first started 25 years ago.

Celebrations continue Friday with the inaugural drum circle, a community fellowship and the annual talent show.

On Saturday, a march will begin at the Grady Cole Center and finish at the House of Africa on Thomas Avenue, where the festival first started 25 years ago.