Juneteenth is a day for recognizing the emancipation of African Americans. It commerates June 19, 1865 which was the dat that enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texas were told they were freed by the Emancipation Proclamation that was issued by President Abraham Lincoln more than two and a half years earlier on January 1, 1863. Also known as "Freedom Day" or "Emancipation Day:, Juneteenth celebrations including parades and festivals take place across the country.
If you live in Atlanta, Georgia, there are many ways you can celebrate Juneteenth this year. Read on to learn all about it.
1.) Order the Juneteenth wine pack from Atlanta's 3 Parks Wine Shop
The 3 Parks Wine shop at Glenwood Park is offering a great way to celebrate Juneteenth. You can order a wine pack that features six bottles of red and white wines from Black-owned wineries and wine brands.
These wines are:
- McBride Sisters Black Girl Magic Red Blend, California
- Kumusha Cabernet Sauvignon & Cinsault, Slanghoek, South Africa,
- Longevity Cabernet, Livermore, California,
- Aslina Chardonnay, South Africa,
- Brown Estate Betelgeuse Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, California,
- Maison Noir Bottoms Up White 2018, Willamette Valley, Oregon
You'll get all six bottles at a discounted price of $120.00 and includes 3 Parks Wine Custom Wine Tote. You can order online and pick it up at the store 451 Bill Kennedy Way, Suite C
2.) Attend the Juneteenth Black Excellence Family Festival in Douglasville
Any opportunity to celebrate Black Excellence is always welcome. This year, the Black Excellence Family Festival is a small business expo where there will be exhibitions from small business vendors. What better way to buy and support Black businesses and ensure their businesses thrive and wealth is distributed accordingly. According to Brookings Edu, At $171,000, the net worth of a typical white family is nearly ten times greater than that of a Black family ($17,150) in 2016. If you can, spending your dollars on Black owned businesses will certainly help close the White - Black wealth gap. A good first step is showing up for the Black Excellence Family Festival and shopping Black owned items. There will be entertainment, food vendors, giveaways and even scholarship awards to help the Black community.
Date and Time: June 19th from 2PM to 6PM
Location: Jessie Davis Park Center, 7775 Malone St. Douglasville, GA
3.) Visit a Black-owned Atlanta restaurant offering Juneteenth specials
In collaboration with Black People Eats, a number of Black-owned restaurants across Atlanta will take part in a Juneteeth celebration by offering specials on the menu for $6.19 and $16.19. Here's a full list of restaurants here:
- Fruitie Smoothies
- Hattie Marie's Texas Style BBQ and Cajun Kitchen
- Triple Jays Pizza
- Hott Chixx Wings ATL
- C & C Social House
- Slim + Husky's Pizza
- Smooth N Groove
- Kristi's Heavenly Peach Cobbler
- Sharberry Kitchen Inc
- Not as Famous Cookie Company
- Milk & Honey Cascade and Milk and Honey Decatur
- WTF! Vegan Fast Food
- Smith's Gourmet Creations
- Local Green Atlanta
- Mikkeys Retro Grill Atlanta
- Grip's Good Eats of Atlanta
The specials are on Friday, June 18 and Saturday, June 19.
4.) Join the Atlanta Vegan and Vegetarian Food Truck Juneteenth Celebration
The vegan and vegerarian food truck park is hosting a Juneteenth celebration on Saturday June 19 from 3pm to 10pm. There will be lots of vegan and vegetarian meals to choose from and you can have a good food experience through the Food Trucks on display. There will also be live music and pop-up retail shops. Go hungry and ready to stuff your face with some delicious food.
Location: 1850 Howell Mill Road.
5.) Join the Historic Sweet Auburn Juneteenth Celebration and Coloring Book Launch
On June 19, Atlanta Breakfast Club on Auburn Avenue is hosting a coloring book launch in collaboration with Remerge and Color ATL. This is a great way to attend a book launch while having food and enjoying a Juneteenth parade. Kicks off on June 19 from 10am to 3pm. More information on this can be found here.
Happy Black Independence Day