Need Plans for Juneteenth?

Did you know that slavery remained legal even after the establishment of Juneteenth? All up until the 13th amendment had been ratified by enough states to become law through the U.S. on December 6th, 1865. On June 19th, 1865, the birth of Juneteenth took place. Where U.S. General Gordon Granger informed enslaved people in Galveston, TX., that they were free. This announcement occurred two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation back on January 1, 1863.

This special day has gone through different name changes, including Jubilee Day to Black Independence Day. We now have settled on Juneteenth and we celebrate it as our official day of independence, and the epitome of freedom and resilience through enjoying good music, food, and community activities. So how can you celebrate Juneteenth as a Chicagoan? Here are some things to do and the places to be in 2024.


Chicago’s DuSable All-day Event: One of Chicago’s favorite museums is the DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center. Named after the early founder of Chicago – Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable – museum will be honoring Juneteenth by hosting a day-long event on June 19th, from 10 am to 8:30 pm.

1865 Garfield Park Festival: Happening June 14th – June 16th is the  1865 Garfield Park festival where they’ll have some engaging activities that include a ceremony honoring our Black veterans, youth day, and a Father’s Day event known as “Grill Off”. Both Saturday and Sunday are free of charge and open to whoever RSVP’s. The founder of the 1865 festival, Carol Johnson, states that “This is not just a celebration it’s a cultural experience”.

The Creative Circle: The Creative Circle is the place where artists and creators collaborate and inspire others through sharing their creativity. On June 19th from 6 pm – 10 pm, they’ll be hosting an event for Chicago creatives to network and display their work. Beginning with a gallery walk where you can learn the story behind artists’ works, onto both a band and dance performances, to a fashion show. The night will conclude with music performances from Chicago’s talented rappers and singers. The Creative Circle’s mission is to welcome and celebrate Black creativity on Juneteenth, whether you’re a writer, photographer, musician, designer, or an observer of artistic expression, everyone is welcome.

White Sox Game: On Juneteenth at 7:10 pm, the White Sox will be playing against the Houston Astros. You can enjoy the pre-game also known as the famous tailgate in the parking lot with friends or family before the game starts, where burgers and brats are grilled and memories are shared and made. Immerse yourself in an action-filled game, where taking me out to the ball game and stomping in the stands will undeniably bond you and strangers. Tickets start at $5, so grab your buckets, fill them with cheese, and enjoy the summer game!

As youth, it’s necessary to understand the importance of Juneteenth and our history. Especially in a world where systems are in place for us to not be properly educated and to forget our lineage. Happy Juneteenth everyone!


By Journey Powell, Freshman, Spelman College

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Hiii, I’m Journey. I love to model and write poetry. My favorite movie series is Harry Potter.

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