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8 Meaningful ways to celebrate Juneteenth

Updated: Jun 17, 2021

Juneteenth honors the date in 1865 when Union soldiers released the last surviving slaves in Texas, putting the Emancipation Proclamation into effect. It's a day to commemorate equal rights and freedom for all people in the United States.

It makes no difference whether you've always celebrated or want to start now. In any case, hopefully, these ideas may provide some inspiration.

Celebrate Freedom:

Though the origins of Juneteenth are rooted in the history of slavery in the United States, it shouldn't be limited to solemnly recalling atrocities. It's also a time to honor liberty and equality.

The holiday of Juneteenth is complicated. Recognize the atrocities of slavery and the progress that still has to be done, but keep in mind that this is a time to honor strong people and progressive progress. Maintaining a positive attitude draws more people to the notion of a celebration and informs those who might not otherwise be aware of Juneteenth.

Concentrate on the food and the company:

Because much of the country experiences bright and pleasant weather in June, it's the ideal time to have a BBQ with plenty of outside games and activities. Request that everyone bring a favorite dish or a game to play. Encourage folks to bring historical games and foods to commemorate Juneteenth. Begin and end the party with a reminder of the significance of Juneteenth and what it symbolizes, but leave plenty of time for attendees to catch up with old acquaintances or meet new ones.

Virtual Backyard Party:

There aren't any events in your area? Instead, have a modest gathering in your place. The holiday has always been about bringing people together and fostering community. So fire up the grill and throw your own backyard bash. Invite your friends and family over for a fun-filled day of activities, wonderful food, and amazing music.

Host a Virtual Laughter Therapy Session:

Laughter Therapy breaks the ice and makes interactions more fun.

Laughing in front of the screen looking at each other will make you feel like you are sitting next to each other. It could also be an amazing ice breaker for remote teams.

Cook Your Favorite Recipe:

Food, food, and more food are the epitome of a party. You can prepare standard barbecue fare or try your hand at holiday-themed meals. Pork, beef, or lamb are frequently featured as the main course. Plus, most meals are generally red to symbolize the enslaved's tenacity, which is why the strawberry drink is a party staple.

Together, make something:

Juneteenth is a celebration that encourages people to reflect on the past while also striving for a brighter future, especially with remote teams. You might be moved to make a permanent tribute that honors the celebration and the freedom it symbolizes. This type of gathering requires more planning time and work, but you can start planning for next year now. It may be a great way to bring people together and beautify the neighborhood. Enquire with your local government to see if there is a location where your group may paint a mural or even erect a sculpture.

Arrange a movie marathon:

Another peaceful way to commemorate Juneteenth in a significant but enjoyable way is to go to the movies. Bring your friends and family together to see films about African-American history. Serve plenty of popcorn and other easy-to-eat food while viewing the movies. Discuss the meanings of the films and how they relate to Juneteenth.

Virtual Book Reading:

Barbara deRubertis's Let's Celebrate Emancipation Day & Juneteenth

This historical narrative offers information about the commemoration of DC Emancipation Day, which ended slavery in Washington, D.C. in April 1862. It also includes archive images and clear research. Reading a book virtually with remote teams is a great idea for Juneteenth.


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