There are many public events and celebrations going on in Salt Lake to celebrate Juneteenth this year. Juneteenth commemorates the date that the abolition of slavery was finally announced in Texas more than 2 years after the official signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. A holiday officially recognized by the United States and the State of Utah, it is a celebration of the black community, and of resilience and joy. With events happening in Ogden, Utah County, and Salt Lake stretching from June 11th through the 26th, you should check out some of the great happenings going on nearby.
Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony
June 18, 2021 - 11:30 am
Salt Lake County Government Building - 2001 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84190
Presented by Project Success Coalition, this is a great way to kick of the week of festivities. Check out the event here, and the official website here.
Salt Lake Juneteenth - Celebration & Black Owned Business Expo
June 26th - noon to 9 pm
The Gateway - 18 North Rio Grande, Salt Lake
Free community events for the entire family with Salt Lake Juneteenth at The Gateway! This is a full day of celebration - and it features the Black Owned Business Expo as the vendors for the food trucks, art, activities, music, kids' corners, storytelling, and more. Come for the entertainment, the movie night, and the free roller skating!
Strength in Shades X Juneteenth Utah Pop Up
June 19, 2021 - 1 pm-9 pm
Washington Square Park
A collaborative event between Strength in Shades and Juneteenth Utah, this will feature a solidarity march at 1 pm, a pop up vendor market of BIPOC businesses starting at 3 pm, and live music and performers going until 9 pm.
Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Festival: Black Joy
With the many events organized by Project Success Coalition in Salt Lake, Ogden, and virtually, there are many ways to be a part of Juneteenth. A Juneteenth Film Festival in partnership with the Utah Film Center, the Excellence Concert with Dee-Dee Darby Duffin Quintet, the 32nd Annual Utah Juneteenth Festival and Holiday Commemoration, and the 32nd Annual Festival Father's Day Tribute are amongst the events planned. Check out the Festival page here.
The First Annual Juneteenth Gala
June 19, 2021 - 7 pm to 2 am
The Leonardo at Library Square - 205 East 500 South, Salt Lake
Presented by The Pyramid Company at The Leonardo, the Gala will, as it says on their event page "bring to life and celebrate the history of African Americans in Utah through, art, music, and live performances. The mission of the gala is to commemorate the contributions and rich traditions of African Americans to the state and nation." Go to their page for more information.