Sunday, June 19 • Great Park
The City of Irvine celebrated its inaugural Juneteenth Freedom Celebration. The free event will tookplace Sunday, June 19, at the Great Park Palm Court. The celebration of freedom, hope, and joy honors the history and contributions of African Americans to the cultural fabric of our community and nation. The community was invited to learn about Black culture as well as the history and significance of Juneteenth through interactive activities, local organizations, and live performances.
Juneteenth dates back to June 19, 1865, and is the oldest known annual observance commemorating the abolishment of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth became a celebration of freedom and achievement, gathering family and communities with food, entertainment, spiritual and religious ceremonies, and cultural storytelling. Today, Juneteenth takes on a symbol of pride in African American experiences and ancestral roots that is recognized annually across the country.
Juneteenth Freedom Celebration was presented by the City of Irvine in partnership with BIPOC Orange County.