Juneteenth is an annual celebration that honors emancipation from slavery in the United States. The holiday marks the date – June 19, 1865 – in which federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to declare all slaves should be freed.
There are several local Juneteenth celebrations in Long Beach:
Juneteenth Celebration & Resource Fair
Sat, June 19, 2021
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM PDT
Earvin “Magic” Johnson Park: 905 E El Segundo Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90059
You’re invited to Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell’s Juneteenth Celebration & Resource Fair on Friday, June 18th from 11:00am to 3:00pm at Earvin “Magic” Johnson Park. This free community event is open to everyone and will offer onsite COVID-19 vaccinations plus additional key services along with fun activities, music and more. Space is limited, register today!
Brotherhood Health and Wellness Festival
Fri, June 18, 2021
Crete Academy 6103 Crenshaw Blvd, LA CA 90043
In the spirit of Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom, Brotherhood Crusade and 24-Hour Fitness are providing free health and wellness sessions!
The Long Beach Juneteenth Celebration
Sat, June 19, 2021
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM PDT
Downtown Long Beach
Join us as we build, educate, and celebrate the community in support of, in and around the older nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
Held in Downtown Long Beach filled with entertainment and guest speakers, bring your family and friends to come honor this monumental celebration together.
Aquarium of the Pacific: Virtual Celebration of Juneteenth with Baba the Storyteller
Sat, June 19
10:00–10:15 AM PT
Learn about the history and significance of this holiday to the African American community and beyond. Discover the traditions of this annual celebration through storytelling, music, and song.
About Baba the Storyteller: Baba the Storyteller has been a professional cultural educator and consultant for more than twenty-five years and has received numerous awards for his work as a folklorist, traditional harpist, storyteller, community activist, and volunteer. He was honored with the Heritage Award during the Aquarium’s fifteenth annual African-American Festival in 2017. He has been a participant in this Aquarium festival for all nineteen years, presenting traditional West African music, singing, and storytelling. He was the master of ceremonies for the Aquarium’s nineteenth annual African-American Festival in 2021 (a virtual event) and the Aquarium’s first virtual Kwanzaa event in December 2020.