This weekend, the city celebrates Juneteenth, a federal holiday that recognizes the oldest nationally celebrated day for the ending of slavery in the U.S. June 19, 2022, is the official holiday but celebrations take place all weekend.
Juneteenth is traced back to Galveston, Texas in 1865 when the announcement for freedom reached enslaved African Americans two and half years after the Emancipation Proclamation had gone into effect.
Traditionally, it’s a holiday that focuses on family, education and Black culture. Here is a line-up of free Juneteenth events that are happening in Chicago:
DuSable Museum Juneteenth BBQ and Block Party June 19, 2022
1865 Fest Juneteenth Celebration June 17-19, 2022
Festival on the Square Juneteenth Celebration June 19, 2022
Southside Community Art Center Juneteenth Celebration June 18, 2022