Juneteenth 2022: Celebration and Education

Juneteenth is the national remembrance of the last day of chattel slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865, two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, when the last enslaved Black people in Texas were freed.

Juneteenth has been an official public holiday in New York State since October 2020, and a federal holiday since June 2021.

On this page, you can learn about family-friendly ways to observe Juneteenth in Brooklyn and its environs (and some adult-friendly events too).

Pictured below is the Juneteenth flag, which symbolizes freedom and justice for Black Americans and African Americans. The colors of the flag are similar to the United States flag because all Americans are able to understand and recognize the importance of African American history.

Friday, June 17th


13th Annual Juneteenth NYC Festival: Unity in the Black Family Unit
Friday, June 17th - Sunday, June 19th
9:00am - 6:00pm
Virtual and live

The East New York and Brownsville Community have been a huge support in building the Juneteenth NY Festival into a community staple over the last 12 years. The first Juneteenth NY Festival held in East New York, Brooklyn hosted by George Walker Jr. organization featured Umoja Events as the community planner in 2009. Umoja Events was entrusted to carry on the celebration in 2011. By 2012 the festival featured over 1,000 attendees. Due to a rapid growth, the event relocated to Gershwin Park. Since then, year after year it continued to grow reaching over 5,000 attendees. Each year features a theme that educates the Black community on its history while creatively changing the narrative of the devastating impact of slavery.

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Saturday, June 18th


Juneteenth 5K at Brooklyn Bridge Pier Park Pier 6
Saturday, June 18th
8:30am - 11:00am

 

Juneteenth Skyscraper Yoga
Saturday, June 18th
10:30am
The Skyscraper Museum

Get ready to move and have fun as we explore how our own bodies help us understand skyscrapers! After a history lesson on the celebration of Juneteenth and how African-American culture has impacted this country, kids will learn why mindfulness is important and connect to their foundations to stretch to new heights in a 30-minute yoga session! They will have a chance to create a yoga pose inspired by their favorite skyscrapers in the museum exhibits. This activity will help improve motor skills, mindfulness, and gives kids a creative outlet for self-expression. Ages 6+. RSVP required.

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Farmhouse Family Day: Juneteenth w/ the Community Legacy Project
Saturday, June 18th
11:00am - 3:00pm
The Wyckoff House Museum

In celebration of Juneteenth, CLP x WHM highlights over 400 years of local Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) centered narratives – starting in the 17th century at the Wyckoff House Museum.

CLP x WHM participants will have the opportunity to work on arts as advocacy creative expression projects; in solidarity to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable future for ALL people.

 

Black In Action: A Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 18th
1:00pm - 6:00pm
49 Wyckoff Ave

Pop of Culture is a global community that supports and celebrates Black entrepreneurs and creatives through multi-city popup shops, marketing, and community building. Come out on June 18th to:

-Shop 30+ local Black-owned brands

-Enjoy food and drinks by local companies

-Experience live painting by The Attie Project

-Partake in candle making sessions led by the amazing Rewax & Unwine

-Paint & Sip Sessions by Sure, Let's Create

-Get your hands on some free products provided by Black Girl Sunscreen and other brands!

-Get some pics for the 'gram

-Play games and network

 

Juneteenth Celebration Series: Asante's African Safari
Saturday, June 18th
2:00pm - 3:00pm
New Lots Library

Akwesi Asante tells African-American stories and tales, accompanied by music and dance. A wonderful family friendly program.

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Second Annual Juneteenth Celebration with 651 ARTS
Saturday, June 18th
1:00pm - 8:30pm
The Plaza at 300 Ashland

651 ARTS, in association with Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and The Center for Fiction, presents its Second Annual Juneteenth Celebration: Sonic Liberation with DJ Reborn and Friends hosted by dancer/choreographer and STooPS founder Kendra J. Ross. Centering around the role that sound plays in the quest towards freedom, this year’s Celebration will include a day of events and activities featuring a panel discussion at The Center for Fiction, community DJ lessons, and a dance party.

 

Juneteenth Food Festival
June 18th–19th
12:00pm - 7:00pm
Weeksville Heritage Center

Food has been a part of Juneteenth since the holiday was first observed on June 19, 1866 — one year after Union Army Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and announced the emancipation of Black people in Texas, one of the last groups of enslaved people in the U.S. to be freed. Black Texans gathered to celebrate a year of freedom with music and food, over time creating annual Juneteenth traditions including red foods (strawberry soda, red beans and rice, red velvet cake, watermelon) and barbecue.

Produced by Weeksville Heritage Center and Jummy’s Picks by Black-Owned Brooklyn, this event was designed to reflect the breadth of Black Brooklyn, with 20 Black food vendors offering cuisine from across the African Diaspora, including regions of the United States, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.

 

Sunday, June 19th


Juneteenth Trolley Tour
Sunday, June 19th
10:00am - 12:00pm
Green-Wood Cemetery

Join us to recognize and honor men and women who fought for emancipation and those who fought for the civil liberties of Black Americans well into the twentieth century.

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BKCM Juneteenth Celebration
Sunday, June 19th
11:00am - 4:00pm
Shirley Chisholm Circle in Brower Park

Join the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music for an afternoon of music and culture commemorating Juneteenth at the Shirley Chisholm Circle in Brower Park. This year’s event, which also falls on Fathers Day, will celebrate Black fathers. This event is free to attend.

This celebration is a partnership between the Friends of Brower Park, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Children’s Museum and Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

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Honoring Juneteenth
Sunday, June 19th
11:00am - 7:00pm
Brooklyn Museum

Honor Juneteenth—the annual holiday commemorating the end of legal slavery in the United States—with a full day of activities celebrating self-expression, community, and Black liberation and creativity. Taking place on Father’s Day, this year’s event will feature activities for the whole family.

 

The Rock and Roll Playhouse Plays the Music of Bob Marley for Kids
Sunday, June 19th
12:00pm
Brooklyn Bowl

The Rock and Roll Playhouse, a family concert series hosted at historic music venues across the country, allows kids to “move, play and sing while listening to works from the classic-rock canon” (NY Times). Performing songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history, The Rock and Roll Playhouse band offers its core audience of families with children age ten and under games, movement, stories and an opportunity to rock out in an effort to educate children and explore their creativity.

 

Juneteenth + One Love Little Caribbean Day
Sunday, June 19th
4:00pm - 9:00pm
Prospect Park Boathouse

Join Prospect Park Alliance and I AM caribBEING for Juneteenth, CaribBEING style, with live performance by Grammy-Award winning Angela Hunte backed by Da Jerry Wonda Band, peer-to-peer gaming powered by Fun With Friends DJ sets by Gab Soul + Khalil and Little Caribbean artisan vendors.

Escape the excitement and enter the calming Rooftop Oasis showcasing local Black-owned self-care brands on the Boathouse’s Rooftop. Upon entering this haven, guests can choose their wellness adventure. From refreshing natural elixirs to essential oil blends for whatever ails you, Rooftop Oasis will take you there and bring you back to life.

 

Juneteenth UNITYFEST
Sunday, June 19th
6:30pm doors / 7:30pm show
Lena Horne Bandshell, Prospect Park

Juneteenth UNITYFEST is the brainchild of Grammy-nominated African American artist Robert Randolph, who will convene a multi-artist celebration at the Bandshell aimed at uniting people of all backgrounds and amplifying the many narratives of the Black experience in America through storytelling and music.

 

I Dream a Dream That Dreams Back at Me: A Juneteenth Celebration
Sunday, June 19th
7:00pm
Lincoln Center

Curated and directed by Carl Hancock Rux, I Dream a Dream is a commemoration of the 156th anniversary of Juneteenth, unfolding across Lincoln Center. The evening begins with a musical introduction featuring vocalists Nona Hendryx with Étienne Lashley and The Collective, performing a song by Gordon Chambers commissioned for this event, alongside original songs by Vernon Reid and Hendryx with lyrics by Lynn Nottage and costumes by Dianne Smith. We continue with a deconstructed National Anthem, remixing Francis Scott Key and James Weldon Johnson, as sung by actress Patrice Johnson Chevannes. The evening culminates with a concert by Grammy winner, Cedric Burnside, and concludes with a Silent Disco Dance Party from DJ Belinda Becker, honoring contributions of Black Americans to modern music.

 

Monday, June 20th


Juneteenth Community Legacy Project Family Activities

Monday, June 20th
11:00am - 3:00pm
Green-Wood Cemetery

The kids are out of school, so bring them to Green-Wood to honor Juneteenth with free art-making activities and tours! In partnership with ASNEAA Community Legacy Project (CLP), families are invited to participate in Arts as Advocacy creative projects and visit the gravesites of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) pioneers; in solidarity to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive future for ALL people.

CLP is a call to honor our ancestors and humanity, while promoting social justice advocacy at open spaces in NYC. At the Fort Hamilton Parkway Entrance to Green-Wood and select gravesites in the cemetery, CLP participants are invited to engage in Arts as Advocacy creative projects.

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