A Historic Celebration

Parade at Juneteenth Festival (photo: Juneteenth Festival)
Juneteenth Festival (photo: Juneteenth Festival)

Juneteenth was first celebrated on June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas when Union soldiers arrived with the news that the Civil War had ended and the enslaved were now free. Juneteenth continues to be commemorated annually throughout the United States.
 
Cincinnati's Juneteenth tradition began in 1988. The annual celebration features diverse, family-centered activities such as traditional storytelling, magic acts, games, special food, a book giveaway and music. 
 
 

Celebrate Juneteenth Online June 19-21, 2020

Cincinnati Juneteenth (photo: Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival)
Cincinnati Juneteenth (photo: Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival)

The Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival is typically held at Eden Park, but instead will be celebrated with a series of events online in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
The music and messages of Juneteenth will air locally in Cincinnati on cable channels, and then be posted online. This includes a special performance from the Juneteenth Festival Concert, featuring performances by the Classical Roots Community Mass Choir and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. A special Father’s Day concert will air on Sunday. Clear here for more details on all of this year's events.
 

Juneteenth Flag Raising at Cincinnati City Hall

Juneteenth Flag (photo: Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival)
Juneteenth Flag (photo: Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival)
The Cincinnati Juneteenth flag raising ceremony will be Friday, June 19, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Cincinnati City Hall. The public is invited to attend and encouraged to wear a mask and practice social distancing. The event will also be live streamed. Click here for full details. Learn more about the meaning behind the Juneteenth flag here
 
Black Lives Matter Mural (photo: Empower Media Marketing)
Black Lives Matter Mural (photo: Empower Media Marketing)
Also on Juneteenth 2020, a new Black Lives Matter street mural was unveiled on Plum Street in front of Cincinnati City Hall. 
 

#BLKFreedom

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (photo: Louis Rideout)
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (photo: Louis Rideout)
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will join five other leading Black museums and historical institutions to launch BLKFREEDOM.org, a digital commemoration of Juneteenth. BLKFREEDOM.org will air an original video presentation at Noon on June 19. 

 
Cincinnati Juneteenth (photo: Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival)
Cincinnati Juneteenth (photo: Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival)