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June 19, 2021

Celebrate Juneteenth in Tampa Bay with the Kids

By Laura Byrne

Juneteenth is our nation’s newest federal holiday and it’s a day we celebrate freedom for ALL.

It commemorates the day in 1865 when enslaved people in the last Confederate stronghold in Galveston, Texas were told by Union soldiers that the Civil War was over and they were free. This came two and half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

There are several ways you can celebrate Juneteenth in Tampa Bay and here are just a few to enjoy!

Tampa Bay Parenting contributor Kiva Williams of TheFunFoodieMama.com is also sharing 10 Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth in Tampa Bay on her blog here.

1st Annual Juneteenth Commemoration in Tampa | Saturday, June 19 from 10 am-4pm

Join the Best Richardson African Diaspora Museum and Books for a day of live music, food, poetry, a book sale, and more! The event will be held at 1463 Tampa Park Plaza. Learn more here.

Tampa Bay Juneteenth Festival by R.O.C. the Block at Raymond James Stadium | Friday-Sunday, June 18-20

Head over to Raymond James Stadium for family-friendly celebration all weekend long! There will be live music, food trucks, and a local and global community market.  Learn more here.

Juneteenth Celebration at Sims Park in New Port Richey | Saturday, June 19 from 8 am-4 pm

New Port Richey is celebrating Juneteenth with a community wide event at Sims Park–the event is family-friendly! Learn more here.

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