Juneteenth, known as African American Emancipation Day, remembers and celebrates slavery ending in every corner of the US on June 19, 1865. It recognizes June 19, 1865, in Galveston, TX, when Union General Gordon Granger announced freedom for all slaves in the Southwest This was the last major vestige of slavery in the United States following the end of the Civil War.
Atlantic Street Center hosts a community Juneteenth Celebration with performances, games for all ages, food and a community resource fair from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday, June 16, at Rainier Beach Community Center, 8825 Rainier Ave. It will take place on June 17 from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m.at Ernie Davis Park. "As much as the Fourth of July is celebrated, so should Juneteenth".
The festival begins today with an "Evening Under the Stars", a night of jazz, blues and spoken word.
Juneteenth is the oldest national celebration in USA history, and many organizations and communities around the country have events to commemorate the special date. The event is at Morrill Meadows Park, 10600 S.E. 248th St., in Kent.