Juneteenth is the state holiday commemorating the day that news of the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed the nation’s slaves, reached Texas.
That news was delivered in Galveston on June 19, 1865.
To celebrate, organizations across the area are planning parades, gatherings, concerts and gospel-infused worship.
Take a look at events around East Texas, and if one is missing, send information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- On Friday, People’s Missionary Baptist Church, 2908 Bellwood Road, will host a gospel musical at 7 p.m. The free event is open to the public.
- The annual community Juneteenth parade will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. The parade will begin at the intersection of Glenwood and MLK and proceed to Woldert Park. It will go from North Glenwood Boulevard, to West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, to North Border Avenue and include walkers, horses, bikes, floats and more. The parade has over 300 entries. The parade will end at Woldert Park, where there will be a community celebration until 2 p.m. It will include refreshments and food.
- The Juneteenth Association of Tyler will host a concert on the T.B. Butler Fountain Plaza on Saturday. The concert will include the 24/Se7en band, N’tense, Jeff Aycock the Saxman and the Blues Doctor Band. Tickets cost $20 on presale, $25 at the gate and $40 for VIP tickets. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m.
- The Juneteenth celebration is planned to run all day Sunday, according to the Longview News-Journal. Festivities start at 10 a.m. with a parade down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Live entertainment and a community festival will follow at Broughton Park, 801 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. A Juneteenth Softball Tournament also is set for Saturday and Sunday at Broughton Park.
- The Juneteenth Black Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. June 24 at the Longview Rodeo Arena, will close out Juneteenth festivities.
- The East Texas Juneteeth "Welcome to Wakanda Celebration" will begin at 10 p.m. Saturday at the East Texas Builders Association & Event Center, 2023 Alpine Road, in Longview. The event is for mature audiences only, and no one under 23 will be allowed in. There will be a live DJ spinning the best hip-hop and R&B from the '90s to today. There is a $10 entry fee. It’s BYOB, but some drinks will be provided. Attendees are asked to either wear all black or Wakanda attire.
- Houston S.H.O.P. Ministries Inc. will host the Juneteenth Gospel Extravaganza from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Henderson Development Center, 410 Sand St. Musicians include Davarious Crowder, from Tyler; Ashton Boone, from Henderson; the Mount Hebron Baptist Church, in Henderson; the Starling Sisters, from Henderson, as well as Full Gospel Church and J.J. Hill from Longview. Tickets cost $10, and all proceeds will go toward a new roof for the Henderson Development Center.
- The annual Juneteenth Pageant was held Thursday in the Ben E. Keith Center, 2019 W. Oak St.
- A fish fry and fellowship, at $10 a plate, will take place at noon on Friday at Calhoun Park on East Murchison Street, according to the Palestine Herald Press.
- The annual Juneteenth parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. It will begin at the Anderson County Courthouse, goes down to Lacy Street to Murchison, and ends at Calhoun Street. For more information on the parade call Bobbie Smith at 903-729-6741.
- The Kilgore Legacy Foundation will host its annual Juneteenth parade and fun festival on Saturday. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Lawrence Street and end at Kilgore City Park on East North Street. The group will present its annual scholarship during the festival, which will last from noon to 4 p.m. It also will include live music, a bounce house, games for children and a newly opened splash pad in the park. Food vendors will be present.