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Here's Your Guide To Hosting a Memorable Juneteenth Party

Celebrate America's second Independence Day.

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June 10, 2024 at 8:16 PM PST
Updated on June 10, 2024 at 8:16 PM PST
Entertaining Juneteenth Party

Here's Your Guide To Hosting a Memorable Juneteenth Party

Celebrate America's second Independence Day.

By
June 10, 2024 at 8:16 PM PST
Updated on June 10, 2024 at 8:16 PM PST

Juneteenth, a portmanteau of June 19th, is celebrated as the day slavery ended. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, African Americans weren’t free until two years later, when enslaved people were notified that slavery was over in Galveston, Texas, on June 19th, 1865.

Although the holiday was celebrated in Galveston and other places in the country (mostly in the South), it grew in prominence after the Black Lives Matter movement gained momentum in 2020. It became a federal holiday in 2021, becoming the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

It’s definitely a time to celebrate — it’s considered America’s second independence day. Juneteenth parties have been shown on television shows like “Black AF” and “Black-ish.” Keep reading to get ideas on how to host your very own Juneteenth party this month.

The Venue

Your home is a perfect location for a Juneteenth celebration. It keeps the party vibes casual, allowing for more socialization and spontaneous moments. Since Juneteenth is in June (obviously), utilize the indoor and outdoor spaces so people can enjoy the sun and cool off if necessary.

The Decorations

Incorporate the colors most associated with Black history: yellow, red, green, and black. These colors were derived from the Ethiopian and Pan-African flags, and each color has a meaning. Black represents the people who the flag is for. Red symbolizes the blood of innocent lives lost. Yellow stands for optimism, justice, and equality. Green symbolizes the greenery and natural resources of Africa. These colors can be incorporated into tablecloths and tableware, like plates and cups.

Photo credit: Filipp Romanovski
Photo credit: Filipp Romanovski

The Activities

Keep it casual—you don’t have to have structured activities or schedules. Have some dominoes available and packs of cards. This will allow people to play several games, like spades and poker.

You could also use Juneteenth to educate your guests on the history and importance of the day. You could play a trivia game where people answer questions about Black history and Juneteenth so that people can have fun while learning the importance of the holiday, but you can also incorporate it with notecards, table settings, or even a menu.

Photo credit: Evan Wise
Photo credit: Evan Wise

The Food

Barbecue would be a great option if you’re cooking yourself, but if you’re thinking of having the party catered, consider purchasing from a Black vendor in the spirit of Ujamaa, the Swahili word for cooperative economics.

It’s also important to have vegetarian and vegan options. Black Americans are the fastest-growing group of vegans, after all.

For dessert, treats like banana pudding, sweet potato pie, or peach cobbler would be a great option.

The Music

Juneteenth is in June, which is also Black Music Month. Use the time to celebrate both holidays with a playlist highlighting Black artists. Don’t just focus on current hits—add songs that explore Black music throughout the decades—and be sure to include a few of your personal favorites.



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