June 19th, or Juneteenth | Black Independence Day, commemorates the day that Union general Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas, that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had formally freed them almost two and a half years earlier, Texas was the most remote of the slave states, with a low presence of Union troops, so enforcement of the proclamation had been slow and inconsistent. (wiki)

Also known as Freedom Day,  and Jubilee Day, Juneteenth in Charlotte will be commemorated with a local festival, a drive thru celebration, a bike ride, a food truck rally, and more.

Lunch & Learn

Thursday June 18 12 – 12:45 PM
Register Here

For this installment of the Lunch & Learn series, The Charlotte Museum of History is pleased to welcome Khadija McNair, Assistant Site Manager at Historic Stagville State Historic Site, to explore the enduring legacy of Juneteenth – what it is; why it matters; and celebrate the accomplishments, resistance, and persistence of the people Juneteenth remembers

This Lunch & Learn series uses Zoom to facilitate a short talk followed by a community discussion. Please use the link to register and you will receive the link to join the conversation ~ https://forms.gle/oQn5AcxVmSAMxu5K9

Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas

Friday Jun 19 at 3 PM through Sunday Jun 21 at 8
The House of Africa, Plaza Midwood

Bring your drums and let’s celebrate safely and in peace! We will be honoring social distancing standards. Please wear a mask. Open mic for poetry, singing and other verbal art forms of peace, love and unity will be available each day.

Friday, June 19, 2020 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM

  • Open Ceremony Prayers Prayer & History of Juneteenth by Makeru Bradley followed DJ Pounds
  • 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM Drum Circle 

Saturday, June 20, 202012:00 PM – 9:00 PM

  • Prayer & History of Juneteenth by Makeru Bradley

Sunday, June 21, 2020 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

  • Prayer & History of Juneteenth by Makeru Bradley

Juneteenth Food Truck Rally

Friday at 5 PM – 8 PM
Hornet Nest Park 6301 Beatties Ford Rd

Sponsored by Coalition for a New South, an evening of music, food, and speakers, this event serves as a call to ban police chokeholds. If you are a vendor or would like to help sponsor the event, please email the Coalition at @[email protected]

DUE TO COVID-19: All Must Wear Masks.

Juneteenth Liberation Drive Thru Celebration

Friday at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
pin Beatties Ford Rd

Come thru on Friday June 19th and help celebrate Junteenth in a unique yet powerful way. We’re partnering with local community-faced organizations to mobilize our efforts. Decorate your vehicle with signs or colors and flags and participate in the 2020 Charlotte, NC Juneteenth drive-thru celebration on the Beatties Ford Road corridor. To participate drive thru anytime between 6:30PM – 8PM.

Juneteenth Freedom Ride

Saturday June 20 1 pm start
The Spoke Easy in Elizabeth

the ride will leave the shop at 1pm. This will be a casual ride through some of Charlotte’s neighborhood streets, greenways and parks. The ride will go through Plaza Midwood with a stop at the Juneteenth festival on commonwealth and Thomas ave. before heading back to the shop. Come on out and celebrate freedom with us!

Social Distance Block Party

Saturday June 20 12 – 8 pm
2848 Queen City Dr.

The “SOCIAL DISTANCE” BLOCK PARTY is a FREE community event that is focused on unity and economical empowerment. While we still will honor our story, we also will move into the momentum of a greater future.

While practicing social distance and taking necessary precautions, we invite you to the start of MANY beautiful experiences.

– Honoring our unity and empowerment
– Honoring our fathers (Happy Father’s Day!!!)
– Raffles and Give Aways
– Live Entertainment.
– Community Vendors

If you’d like to vend let us know. [email protected] This is a COLLABORATIVE community effort.