Juneteenth events highlight freedom, heritage

George Copeland Jr. | 6/13/2024, 6 p.m.
In recognition of the fourth official Juneteenth celebration Wednesday, June 19, the following events are being held throughout the month …

In recognition of the fourth official Juneteenth celebration Wednesday, June 19, the following events are being held throughout the month to recognize and celebrate the holiday in a variety of ways.

Jubilation in June

A three-day event offering food, fireworks and many other festivities courtesy of the Richmond Parks & Recreation Department

Organized by: The Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities

Where: Dogwood Dell at 600 S. Arthur Ashe Blvd. on Friday and Sunday, Intermediate Terminal at 3101 Wharf St. on Saturday

When: Friday, June 14 at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 15, at 3:30 and 9 p.m.; Sunday, June 16, at 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Information: Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities on social media

Juneteenth in the Park

A wide range of activities, including food trucks, entertainment and self-guided activities such as Hidden History Hike.

Organized by: Virginia State Parks

Where: Pocahontas State Park at 10301 State Park Road

When: Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; June 19, 2021. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 22, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m

Cost: Standard parking or admission fees apply.

Information: 804-796-4255 or Pocahontas@dcr.virginia.gov

VUU Juneteenth Concert with Hezekiah Walker

The VUU Gospel Choir, Sid Thompson, the Brown Boyz and others will provide music for at Virginia Union University.

Organized by: The Hezekiah Walker Center for Gospel Music at VUU

Where: The VUU Barco Stevens Lawn at 1500 N. Lombardy St.

When: Saturday, June 15, at 2 p.m.

Cost: Free

Information: efsinc.org

VOWS 4th Annual Juneteenth Jamboree, 5K & Food Truck Festival in Carytown

After a 5K run, hear live music, enjoy fresh brew and food truck fare in this day-long celebration in Carytown.

Organized by: VOWS Foundation

Where: Carytown at 3320 W. Cary St.

When: Saturday, June 15, 5K Run/Walk - 10 a.m. to noon, Jamboree - noon to 6 p.m.

Cost: Free; participation in the 5K costs $30 with potential fees.

Information: vowsfoundation.org

Henrico County’s Juneteenth Celebration

A vendor fair, kids zone, food trucks and other entertainment is featured at this event.

Organized by: Henrico County Recreation & Parks

Where: Dorey Park at 2999 Darbytown Road

When: Saturday, June 15, from 4 to 10 p.m.

Cost: Free

Information: henrico.us/calendar/juneteenth2023, 804-652-1421 or Juneteenth@henrico.us

Juneteenth Day Festival

An afternoon full of fun, food and entertainment.

Organized by: Chesterfield Fairgrounds

Where: Chesterfield County Fairgrounds at 10300 Courthouse Road

When: Saturday, June 15, from 3 to 9 p.m.

Cost: Free entry before 4 p.m.; $15 afterward

Information: eventbrite.com

Moving Forward Together for Freedom: A Juneteenth-Inspired Discussion

Ginter Park’s 3rd Tuesday Gathering is in honor of Juneteenth, with food and discussion centered on how to take action against racism and injustice.

Where: Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, 3601 Seminary Ave.

When: Tuesday, June 18, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: Free, but a $20 donation is appreciated.

More information: tinyurl.com/Ginter-Park

“Juneteenth, Faith & Freedom” Film Showing

The Hanover NAACP will host a documentary on the origins and history of Juneteenth.

Organized by: Hanover NAACP

Where: The Atlee Library at 9212 Rutlandshire Drive

When: Wednesday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Information: hcbnaacp.org

Church Hill Juneteenth “Day of Freedom” Celebration 

Activities include a parade, an African dance performance by Ezibu Muntu and a picnic lunch.

Organized by: St. John’s Episcopal Church, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and St. Philip’s Episcopal Church

Where: Peter Paul RVA, 1708 N. 22nd St.

When: Wednesday, June 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: Free

Information: Rev. Bill Queen, at (804)-643-2686.

Untitled Wednesday’s Juneteenth Celebration

This event features live art, poetry and music celebrating black excellence and history.

Organized by: Legacy Band VA

Where: The Foundation, 401 East Grace Street

When: Wednesday, June 19, from 7 to 10:30 p.m

Cost: $15-$20

Information: tinyurl.com/Untitled-Wednesdays

5th Annual Juneteenth Celebration & Pop Up Shop

The event features live performances, raffles and local vendors.

Organized by: The Hines Foundation

Where: 1100 E. Nine Mile Road

When: Wednesday, June 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend, individual vendor costs vary

Information: Media Hines-Whitmore at (804) 878-1042