Juneteenth 2020 events in Austin, including concerts, parades and more

Last year, President Joe Biden signed legislation making Juneteenth a national holiday, but Black communities in Texas have celebrated Emancipation Day for generations.

President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing enslaved people in rebel states, on January 1, 1863, but enforcement throughout the South was lax until Union troops arrived.

On June 19, 1865, Texas became the final Confederate state to hear the proclamation when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger brought the news to the city of Galveston. The first known Juneteenth celebrations took place the following year.

This year, Austin will mark the holiday with long-running traditions, like the East Austin parade that showcases community organizations and presents Miss Juneteenth to the community. There will also be concerts, parties and cultural arts events throughout the city. (Several surrounding cities. , including Pflugerville, Round Rock, Bastrop and Buda, will also host community celebrations.)

Here are 10 ways to celebrate Juneteenth in Austin.

June 14-20: Juneteenth Culture Fest at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard

Harold McMillan and Clifford Guillard, longtime leaders of the East Austin arts scene, team up to produce a five-day celebration of Black arts in the heart of Austin’s African American Cultural Heritage District.

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