Juneteenth, also known as “Freedom Day,” commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. It is celebrated and recognized as a holiday across the country with festivals, cookouts, parades, and more.
Check out these five ways to observe Juneteenth with your loved ones and community!
1. SHOP BLACK
Supporting Black-owned businesses is a great way to honor and celebrate Juneteenth. This simple practice generates money for individuals and families to improve the well-being of their communities. Websites and apps like Official Black Wall Street serve as a directory for a wide variety of Black-owned businesses where patrons can find restaurants, clothing stores, fitness studios, organizations, and much more!
2. VISIT THE NMAAHC
What better way to celebrate Juneteenth than to visit (in-person or virtually) the National Museum of African American History and Culture. This Smithsonian Institution offers a wide variety of exhibits detailing the Black experience. Click HERE for more information. (Bonus: WE've also compiled a list of local events going on in cities around the country. Find a celebration HERE!)
3. HOST A BLACK MOVIE MARATHON
Below is just a shortlist of films that celebrate Black joy, love, and brilliance. You can also check out ALLBLK for a variety of movies and documentaries.
- The Great Debaters
- Hidden Figures
- Black Panther
- Sylvie's Love
- The Photograph
- Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
- Miss Juneteenth
- The Wiz
- Girls Trip
- Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella
- Love & Basketball
- The Wood
- Love Jones
- Queen of Katwe
- Akeelah and the Bee
- Coming to America
- Black Is King
4. READ BLACK STORIES
Observe the holiday reading fictional and nonfictional literature by Black authors that will educate and celebrate.
- Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
- Conjure Women by Afia Atakora
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
- Juneteenth Jamboree by Carole Boston
- Grace by Natashia Deón
- Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
- All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880 by W. E. B. Du Bois
5. LISTEN TO A JUNETEENTH PLAYLIST
Black artists have inspired music for generations, across all genres. Press play on our Juneteenth playlist and celebrate the creators — past and present — who have gifted us with their work.