Juneteenth—the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the abolition of slavery in the U.S.—became a federal holiday in 2021, 156 years after slaves in Galveston, Texas were notified on June 19, 1856, that they were now free after the Civil War had come to an end.

In 2020, both the City of Raleigh and Wake County voted to recognize June 19 as a holiday, and in 2021 the City of Raleigh held it's first Juneteenth Celebration at Dorothea Dix Park.

The fourth annual Capital City Juneteenth Celebration is back this year, bringing an afternoon of speakers, live music, lawn games, food and family activities to Dix Park for a sunny celebration from noon to 6pm on Sat., June 15. 

Entertainment includes jazz, R&B, blues, African dancers, spoken word, inflatables, face painting, story corner and more—blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. A dozen food trucks will be on site but attendees may bring their own food and drink. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Free parking is available.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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