Juneteenth is the celebration of the abolition of slavery in the United States. Every year in Atlanta, Georgia a multi-day festival is held commemorating this historic shift in American history. This year, Atlanta’s celebration is being held at the Home Depot Backyard near the new Mercedes Benz Stadium. The event will be held June 14 through the 16 and will feature a Father’s Day celebration including celebrating all young men 17 and over as community role models. The event is being billed as the “Largest and Best Father’s Day Weekend Celebration in the Nation!”
This year Atlanta is celebrating a Quadricentennial. Over 400 years of African-American history will be celebrated. The timeline goes from surviving the worst conditions in this country’s history to seeing the election of the first black President. The event kicks off with the seventh annual parade. The parade will take place on June 15, at 10:00AM, and will be at 1 Backyard Way in Atlanta by the Mercedes Benz stadium. There are some concerns about parking so save yourself the trouble and take public transportation or use a ridesharing app to make sure that you get to the parade in plenty of time. Please do not bring coolers or food and help support the local vendors.
This event will feature several musical acts from so many incredible black artists. Representing the genres of opera, hip-hop, Afrobeat, jazz, R&B, blues, and funk. Featuring some of the South’s best home grown talent like Can Cool. NubAtomic which is a unique rock and soul band. Aqeela Reyad will be there and playing her galactic soul sound.
The event will feature many incredible local performances by step teams and second lines from around the area. There will be a car and bike show. There will be several activities available for children to make this a true family affair from the youngest child to those who have been around for more Juneteenth celebrations than they can remember. There will be Afro Fashion shows to showcase the latest in fashion.
Did you know that the Juneteenth celebration in Atlanta is the perfect place to hold a family reunion? Bring your family in from across the area or even further away and celebrate your own family lineage and shared culture. There will be genealogy research done as well so you can see how far back your family tree goes. Then go to one of the several African History events and learn more about where your family tree leads you.
The festival isn’t just about celebrations, it also features incredible community speakers and there are going to be workshops and classes available to any and all interested parties.
See all of this and so much more at this incredible local tradition.
The festival will start on Friday the 14th at 2:00PM and will run until 9:00PM. Both weekend dates will start at 10:00AM and will also run until 9:00PM.