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Pensacola’s Journey to Juneteenth Event Lineup

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The City of Pensacola is excited to announce the event lineup for the 2023 Journey to Juneteenth Celebration, featuring a variety of events recognizing Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

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Journey to Juneteenth is a month-long celebration spanning from May 20, Florida’s Emancipation Day, through June 19, the federal Juneteenth holiday. The journey of events will include lawn parties, galas, educational opportunities, a Gallery Night celebration and more.

This year, the City of Pensacola was able to provide several Juneteenth event sponsorships, which were made possible through $20,000 in ARPA funding allocated by Mayor D.C. Reeves.

In addition to the city-sponsored events, many local businesses and organizations are hosting Juneteenth events to commemorate the holiday.

Please note: This list may not be all-inclusive, as events continue to be added. Stay tuned to visitpensacola.com/juneteenth for updates.

Journey to Juneteenth Event Schedule:
May

June

*City-sponsored event

About Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas, a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. 

Learn more about Juneteenth at juneteenth.com.