A City-Wide Juneteenth Celebration is headed to Gulfport, Mississippi

A city bustling with a proud legacy of African-American communities and legacy of rich history will feature its first city-wide Juneteenth celebration.

Juneteenth - also known as Freedom Day - commemorates the day in Galveston, Texas, where thousands of slaves were not made aware of their freedom during the Civil War until June 19, 1865, when Union Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and issued an order officially freeing them.  Freedom Day marks the moment when emancipation finally reached those in the deepest parts of the former Confederacy.

The family-friendly three-day event, called the Gulfport City-Wide Juneteenth Celebration - Freedom Weekend, kicks off Friday, June 18, 2021 with a Sponsors Mixer. This will be an elegant evening filled with networking, food and fun.

The fun will kick into high gear on Saturday, June 19 on MLK. Blvd. with a parade followed by a festival at the Amos Croutch Sr. Ball Field in North Gulfport. Activities include live musical performances, dancers, local vendors and more.

On Sunday, the celebration wraps up with an Awards Show that will include recognition of community individuals and a special presentation to African-American fathers in attendance.

Be sure to join us for this inaugural event!

Click to view the Freedom Weekend Schedule