Juneteenth events in Broward include entertainment, speakers and fun for kids. Plenty offer free entry. Juneteenth is a federal holiday representing the freedom from slavery in the United States.
As per the Smithsonian: On “Freedom’s Eve,” or the eve of January 1, 1863, the first Watch Night services took place. On that night, enslaved and free African Americans gathered in churches and private homes all across the country awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect. At the stroke of midnight, prayers were answered as all enslaved people in Confederate States were declared legally free.
But not everyone in Confederate territory would immediately be free. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was made effective in 1863, it could not be implemented in places still under Confederate control. As a result, in the westernmost Confederate state of Texas, enslaved people would not be free until much later. Freedom finally came on June 19, 1865, when some 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas. The army announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree. This day came to be known as “Juneteenth,” by the newly freed people in Texas.
In 2023, Juneteenth events include:
Juneteenth event with Sweet Potato Pie Festival 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. June 17 at Apollo Park, 1580 NW Third Avenue, Pompano Beach 33060, entry is free. Event includes family fun, performances, historical re-enactment, activities, pie tasting, hula hoop event, and food vendors. Entertainment includes
- Gary Palmer Band
- Gospel performers
- Delt the DJ
- storyteller Beverly Jones
- Ashanti Cultural Arts
The event is presented by Friends of Northwest Branch Library with sponsorship from Pompano Beach.
For vendors interested in participating, 954-357-6601 or kwilliam@Broward.org.
Juneteenth event at a park in Dania is 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. June 17, 100 NW Eighth Avenue, Dania Beach. The event includes free food, food trucks, entertainment, bounce houses, and live entertainment.
Juneteenth event is 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. June 17 at the recreation facility, 445 SW Second Street, Deerfield Beach 33441. Entry is free. Parking is free. Free food offered while supplies last. Event includes live entertainment, rides and family activities. Food vendors are on site.
Juneteenth event is 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. June 16 with entertainment, inflatables for youngsters, and food trucks. Entertainment includes Motown Magic. A dance performance features Ashanti cultural Arts. The event is at Tamarac Sports complex, 9901 NW 77th Street.
Juneteenth Family Day is 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. June 19 in Miramar. The Juneteenth event includes entertainment, food vendors, activities for kids, art projects, scavenger hunt, African Art exhibit and a step show. It’s at City Hall Plaza, 2300 Civic Center Place. Parking is free.
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