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7 Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth!

Juneteenth is upon us and WE’re ready to celebrate! The holiday, also known as “Freedom Day,” commemorates the ending of slavery in the United Sates. It is celebrated and recognized as a holiday in 47 states across the U.S., with festivals, barbecues, parades and more.

With a rich history of lively celebrations including festivals, barbecues, and parades, Juneteenth has become a a staple across the world. Check out these great ways to celebrate Juneteenth 2020!

SUPPORT BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES

Supporting Black-owned businesses is a major way to honor and celebrate Juneteenth, even throughout the entire year. Supporting Black-owned businesses generate finances for families and individuals to improve the well-being of their communities! Click HERE to check out Black Wall Street for a wide variety of Black-owned businesses across the U.S. including restaurants, beauty, apparel, and many more!

PREPARE A JUNETEENTH PARTY MENU

Juneteenth celebrations hold pride in the many dishes that are served – from BBQ to red drinks (and everything in between). WE’ve compiled a list of recipes from several Black chefs and food bloggers that you can enjoy with your family and friends!

EASY BBQ PORK RIBS
What would Juneteenth be without a little BBQ? Chef Nikki Miller-Ka has a super simple recipe for mouthwatering pork ribs.

(Credit: niksnackonline.com)

 

SALMON BURGERS
Darius Williams keeps things light and fresh with his take on a salmon burger. He kicks things up with homemade pickled red onions.

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HERBED RED POTATO SALAD
Don’t forget the sides! Food blogger Angela Davis (a.k.a. The Kitchenista) has an herbed red potato salad that is sure to please.

(Credit: @thekitchenista/kitchenistadiaries.com)

 

MEDITERRANEAN PASTA SALAD
Pasta salad season is quickly approaching, making it the perfect side dish for Juneteenth. Check out Jenné Claiborne’s recipe.

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RED VELVET PARFAIT
Red velvet cake is traditionally served at Juneteenth celebrations. These adorable parfait cups from Peaches 2 Peaches blogger Monique Polanco are perfect for a party.

(Credit: @peaches2peaches/peachestopeaches.com)

 

CARAMELIZED BANANA PUDDING
Satisfy your sweet tooth with Chef Millie Peartree’s recipe for caramelized banana pudding.

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STRAWBERRY TEQUILA SODA
WE called on Boston-based blogger @nailthecocktail to create a special Juneteenth drink. Enjoy a glass – or two!

(Credit: @nailthecocktail)

VIRTUALLY VISIT AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MUSEUMS

What better way to celebrate Juneteenth than to virtually visit the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History. The Smithsonian offers a full virtual tour of all of their exhibits, including it’s African-American History tour. Click HERE to visit!

BLACK MOVIE MARATHON

Here is a great list of black films and documentaries to watch for a Juneteenth Black Movie Marathon! You can also check out UMC for a variety of Black films.

  • Selma
  • The Help
  • When They See Us
  • Just Mercy
  • The Hate U Give
  • The Color Purple
  • 13th
  • Mudbound
  • Fruitvale Station
  • Do The Right Thing
  • Da 5 Bloods
  • Seven Seconds
  • Freedom Writers
  • Hidden Figures
  • 12 Years A Slave
  • Rosewood
  • Dear White People
  • Fences

BOOKS AND LITERATURE

  • Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison
  • The Weary Blues by Langston Hughes
  • Washington Black by Esi Edguyan
  • Negroland by Margo Jefferson
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • Conjure Women by Afia Atakora
  • The Half Has Never Been Told by Edward E. Baptist
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

PERFORM AFRICAN DANCE ROUTINES

Check out this detailed African dance routine lesson that you can learn with family or friends!

MUSIC

Juneteenth Spotify Playlist – Check out WE tv’s special Juneteenth Spotify Playlist, featuring some of the most popular artists and songs representing a rich Black culture!

IG Live Verzuz Juneteenth Celebration – You can also celebrate with an IG Live Versus session featuring two of R&B’s greatest soul artists John Legend and Alicia Keys!

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