Juneteenth commemorates the date - June 19, 1865 - when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended, and that slavery had been abolished. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed two and half years before, it wasn’t until Juneteenth that all enslaved African Americans in the United States were considered free.
The holiday has long been celebrated in the Black community, initially involving church gatherings and large, elaborate meals, and in recent years, many activists have campaigned for it to be recognized as a national holiday. Here are 11 exciting ways to celebrate Juneteenth in LA this week. Also, please consider donating to Black Lives Matter LA, The Gathering For Justice, Süprmarkt, and Leimert Park Rising.
Legendary BBQ restaurant, Bludso’s, is offering a few Juneteenth specials, including Mama’s strawberry cake, ice cream from Texas’ Blue Bell Creamery, peach cobbler, and Fitz’s strawberry soda. Available on Saturday only, preorder through their website.
Back for its second year, Pies for Justice is holding a bake sale in solidarity against racial injustice. Last year they raised over $26,000, which was donated to Black Lives Matter LA and The Gathering For Justice, a nonprofit organization fighting to end racial inequality and child incarceration. For their event this year, they’ve tapped the best bakers across Los Angeles, like Brandoni Pepperoni, Gigi’s Hollywood, Hotville Chicken, Ototo, Rose & Rye, and more, with 100% of the proceeds going toward Black Lives Matter LA and Süprmarkt a low-cost, organic grocery servicing low income communities in LA. Pre-orders are live, pick-ups will be held on Saturday, June 19th.
Over in Burbank, King’s Deli is holding a Juneteenth photo competition. Tag them in a photo with the hashtag #KingsDeliJuneteenth, and their favorite photo will win a delicious meal on the house.
Sherelle’s Famous Fried Chicken Pop-Up
In Gardena, Sherelle’s Famous Fried Chicken is holding a one-day pop-up serving Southern favorites from 12-4pm. Click here for more information.
Leimert Park Rising
Juneteenth Parade & Celebration
Last year, Juneteenth in LA hosted the first Drive-Through parade that took over 200 cars through predominantly Black neighborhoods, uniting both the community and the city. This year, the South Central organization is returning for a celebration that’ll be bigger than ever, with a route starting in Inglewood and ending in Leimert Park. Head to their website for more information.
Peace of Mind Juneteenth Celebration
Community organization, Peace of Mind, is hosting a Juneteenth celebration in Compton, featuring live music, DJ sets, clothing, art, foods, and open mics. Donate to enter.
Juneteenth Celebration Freedom + Unity
Long Beach is holding their own Juneteenth celebration, an education event about the nation’s holiday with gospel music and art displays. The event will feature many speakers, who will emphasize the value of legacy to foster self-esteem, community pride, and an understanding and appreciation of Black culture.
Juneteenth Celebration and Resource Fair
Los Angeles County Supervisor for the 2nd District, Holly J. Mitchell, is holding a Juneteenth resource fair from 11am-3pm. The free event in Earvin “Magic” Johnson Park will have music, food trucks, community services, and more.
City of Carson’s Juneteenth Rhythm & Blues Virtual Celebration
The City of Carson and the Carson Citizens Cultural Arts Foundation will be presenting entertainment and many fun activities for the entire family at their 2021 Juneteenth Rhythm and Blues Virtual Celebration. They’ll be streaming online and on cable.