Juneteenth events in Knoxville include a parade on new federal holiday

One year after Juneteenth became an official federal holiday, Knoxville is preparing for a weekend of celebrations both festive and reflective.

Juneteenth, also known as Jubilee Day and Freedom Day, falls on Sunday this year but will be observed Monday by most federal and Knox County employees, who have the day off to celebrate Black freedom.

Knoxville has hosted some major Juneteenth events over the past three years, with thousands attending Knoxville College’s Liberation Rally last year and a celebration at Caswell Park in 2020.

The holiday, which commemorates the freeing of enslaved African Americans, often is celebrated with music, dancing, barbecues and parades. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate Black and African American history and culture while reflecting on how slavery and racism has affected our nation.

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