Local Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth Freedom Day

On this day, Rhode Island commemorates the end of slavery in the United States through remembrance and celebration.

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On June 19, 1865, thousands of enslaved people were freed in Galveston, Texas. Today, the day is celebrated across the country as Juneteenth, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. In addition, earlier this week, the Senate unanimously passed a bill establishing Juneteenth as a national holiday. Check out the different celebrations and events in Rhode Island to celebrate the very important day.

Fourth Annual Juneteenth Celebration

On Sunday, June 19, celebrate Juneteenth with live music, food and family fun at Roger Williams Park’s Temple to Music in Providence from noon to 7:30 p.m., followed by fireworks from 8:30 to 9:15 p.m. The free festival’s mission “is to collectively celebrate African American liberations, accomplishments and contributions through education, effective communication, inner strength and endurance through observance of Juneteenth.” For more information, visit juneteenthri.com.


Second Annual Juneteenth Block Party 

Join Kin Southern Table and Bar in Providence this Sunday for a Juneteenth Block Party. Swing by 71 Washington Street any time between 12 p.m. and 12 a.m. to enjoy classic Southern and soul food dishes while enjoying live entertainment, playing fun street games, snapping pics in a 360 degree photo booth and more.


Juneteenth and RISHM Dedication at Casey Farm

The Narrow River Preservation Association invites the public to join them in celebrating the emancipation of African captives in America and in honoring all those enslaved in this region. on Sunday, June 19, the Farm will host a free event with food for sale from noon to 4 p.m. visitors are welcome to explore the farm on foot or by hayride; listen to music by the Nettukkusqk Singers, the URI African Drummers and Dancers and Sidy Maiga and Afrimanding; hear the Tomaquag Museum’s Loren Spears, Casey’s Farm’s historians and RI Black Storytellers speak about Indigenous and African American Culture; enjoy lunch and treats from BIPOC-owned food vendors and more. The highlight of the day is the unveiling of a R.I. Slave History Medallion on the front lawn. Learn more about the event here.



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