Juneteenth Celebration

juneteenth at babcock ranchThe Juneteenth Celebration is on Friday 21st June, 2024 at Founders Square, Babcock Ranch

Join us for a vibrant Juneteenth celebration!  Friday, June 21, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Founder's Square

Enjoy an evening filled with live music from talented musicians, unique vendors offering a variety of goods, and live artists showcasing their creativity.

Get hands-on with engaging crafts and savor delicious offerings from diverse food trucks. This event promises fun, culture, and community for all ages.

Don't miss out on the festivities and the chance to honor this important day in history.

Location Address:
Babcock Ranch Founder's Square,
42850 Crescent Loop,
Babcock Ranch/Punta Gorda, FL. 33982

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The Juneteenth Celebration is being presented by Babcock Ranch Lifestyle
Email: events@babcockranch.com


 

The History of Juneteenth

On June 19, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas with the news that the more than 250,000 enslaved Black people in the state were free.

This day came to be known as Juneteenth, now officially a federal holiday. Juneteenth is a time to celebrate, gather as a family, reflect on the past and look to the future.

Juneteenth gained popularity during the Civil Rights Movement with the increased emphasis on Black history and empowerment. At the end of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign, held on the National Mall, there was a ‘Solidarity Day,’ held on Juneteenth. Many who attended had never heard of Juneteenth and subsequently took their new knowledge to their hometowns across the United States. The significance of Juneteenth is part of a continuum of moments where African Americans have advocated for their full participation in American citizenship and commanded the maintenance of the memory of our history and culture in the face of resistance and racism.

On “Freedom’s Eve,” or the eve of January 1, 1863, the first Watch Night services took place. On that night, enslaved and free African Americans gathered in churches and private homes all across the country awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect. At the stroke of midnight, prayers were answered as all enslaved people in Confederate States were declared legally free. Union soldiers, many of whom were black, marched onto plantations and across cities in the south reading small copies of the Emancipation Proclamation spreading the news of freedom in Confederate States. Only through the Thirteenth Amendment did emancipation end slavery throughout the United States.

But not everyone in Confederate territory would immediately be free. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was made effective in 1863, it could not be implemented in places still under Confederate control. As a result, in the westernmost Confederate state of Texas, enslaved people would not be free until much later. Freedom finally came on June 19, 1865, when some 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas. The army announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree. This day came to be known as "Juneteenth," by the newly freed people in Texas.