Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated on June 19th each year in the United States. It commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and is a significant milestone in the country’s history. It symbolizes the end of chattel slavery in the United States, marking a turning point in the nation’s struggle for freedom and equality. It represents the recognition of the inherent rights and dignity of African Americans, who had endured centuries of bondage and oppression.
Additionally, Juneteenth serves as a reminder of the resilience, strength, and perseverance of African Americans throughout history. Despite the delayed news of their freedom, they embraced Juneteenth as a day of celebration and empowerment, using it as a platform to advocate for civil rights, equality, and social justice.
Take the Capitol Corridor to Juneteenth events near you:
- Sacramento Station:
California State Capitol Juneteenth Celebration, California State Capitol Museum
Sacramento Juneteenth Festival, William Land Park
- Oakland Jack London Station:
Oakland’s 14th Annual Juneteenth Festival, Lake Merritt
Oakland 16th Annual Juneteenth Celebration & Street Festival, 3233 Market Street Oakland, CA 94608
- San Francisco Station (Emeryville/ Richmond Station):
Juneteenth on the Waterfront, Ferry Building
Juneteenth Festival on Fillmore, 1330 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA
- San Jose Station:
42nd Annual Juneteenth in the Streets Festival, African American Community Services