There will be special Dance Performances and DJs.
Get ready to celebrate this important holiday at Charlotte’s 1st ever annual Juneteenth Jam, hosted by Blumenthal Performance Arts that’ll span across two action-packed days. This Saturday June 18th through Sunday, the 19th, come celebrate freedom and arts & culture.
If you’re not sure what Juneteenth is, it’s actually a holiday (that’s getting more official recognition) that happens this on June 19th that celebrate the emancipation of those who were enslaved throughout the United States. The significance of the 19th comes from the anniversary date of June 19th 1865 when General Gordon Granger announced the General Order No. 3, in which the emancipation declaration was announced in Texas, and all remaining slaves were freed.
While Juneteenth was always a signifiant holiday, it seemed that recognition for this important day picked up in 2020 during the George Floyd riots and pandemic, and so we’re excited to see Charlotte run with the impact. Now, we get a full two days to celebrate with local food, artists, and friends in a safe but in-person space.
There will be three separate venues to celebrate across Uptown, Charlotte: The Square, Victoria Yards, and Nascar Hall of Fame Plaza. What’s even better? The event is free, and on Friday the event starts at 4pm. Saturday, there’s a full line up, which starts at 11am.
During this two day event, there will be live music, interactive dance sessions by Reba Bowens and Ginga Capoeira, and an installation of Duragfest, a Charlotte annual festival which returns June 19th.
You can find out more on their official website page dedicated to the event.
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