Commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth has gained significant momentum and recognition in recent years.
With Juneteenth rapidly approaching this year, you may be wondering how you can best spend this historic day.
Here are six ideas on how to celebrate Juneteenth this upcoming Monday.
Visit an American American-centered museum
Part of Juneteenth is about celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans throughout U.S. history.
What better way to be reminded of these accomplishments than by spending time at a museum that recounts and highlights them.
Many museums focus on prominent African American trailblazers and leaders who have paved the way for Black people in this country today.
Here are a few around the country to give you some ideas:
National Museum of African American History & Culture - Washington D.C.
The Backstreet Cultural Museum - New Orleans
The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum - St. Petersburg, Florida
National Museum of African American Music - Nashville, Tennessee
DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center - Chicago
We can continue to foster understanding within our communities through education and understanding.
Only support Black-Owned businesses for the day
Support for Black-Owned businesses goes beyond just one day, but consider spending the whole day only patronizing Black businesses and brands.
Instead of grabbing coffee at Starbucks, look within your neighborhood and even your city for any local coffee shops that may be Black-Owned.
Have all of your meals at Black-Owned businesses, shop at Black stores, and look for activities that are run or owned by Black operators.
Supporting Black-owned businesses is a great way to promote racial equity and economic empowerment, values that align with Juneteenth.
Attend a Juneteenth event happening in your community
While Juneteenth was always celebrated in certain cities and towns around the U.S., the celebratory initiatives have become increasingly widespread, giving you the opportunity to join in on the festivities!
From parades to marches, attending a Juneteenth event in a community is a unique and meaningful experience. Juneteenth is a powerful day to rally together and reflect on the struggles and triumphs of African Americans throughout history.
Events are typically lively atmospheres filled with music, dancing, and cultural displays that honor the African American heritage.
Take the time to connect with others in your community and celebrate all that Juneteenth is about.
Here are a few events to keep on your radar in case you can attend.
Watch an educational film related to Black history
Watching an educational film related to Black history can be an enlightening experience that you can make the time for on Juneteenth.
Juneteenth is about celebrating the end of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, but it was only two years later that enslaved people in Texas were informed of their freedom.
Even this fact makes it clear why it is important to continue watching films and reading books to educate ourselves.
There are many films that showcase the struggles and sacrifices that various Black communities have faced throughout history, as well as the incredible achievements and triumphs they have accomplished in the face of adversity.
When you understand the history of Black people in this country, you will have an even greater appreciation for holidays like Juneteenth and why they are so important.
Host a Juneteenth gathering with your friends and family
Celebrate Juneteenth in your own backyard by hosting an intimate gathering with your friends and family.
Share stories, have a potluck, fire up the grill for some BBQ, and play traditional African-American games. There can also be discussions around the significance of Juneteenth and why it is important to mark this day.
Ultimately, this gathering is a time to come together with loved ones while acknowledging the progress that has been made and working toward a better future for Black people everywhere.