Juneteenth Festival Celebrates Emancipation Proclamation

DSC_0070SACRAMENTO – This weekend marks Sacramento’s 12th annual Juneteenth Festival scheduled for June 14-16 in William Land Park. The Juneteenth Festival is a celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation signed in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln declaring all those enslaved were freed.

Produced by the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau (SCVB), the day-long Juneteenth Festival celebration will be held today from 11 am-6 pm. The event is free and offers fun and entertainment for the whole family.

New this year is an Abraham Lincoln impersonator and Saturday’s kick-off event the “Juneteenth Freedom Mile” — a one mile race in partnership with the Sacramento Running Association. Special guest Lea Wallace, a Sac State graduate and 2016 Olympic hopeful, will be available to meet before and after the race.

Since its inception, the Juneteenth celebration has grown in number of attendees and has added events and activities. In 2012, more than 8,000 guests gathered at William Land Park to enjoy an array of good eats, learn about African American heritage, and to celebrate freedom.

Activities scheduled for this year include:

• Emancipation Parade
• Juneteenth Talent Show
• Two Stages of Live Entertainment
• Health/Wellness Pavilion
• Genealogy Seminars
• Educational Theater
• Golf Tournament
• Food/Ware Vendors

For more information, visit http://www.sacramentojuneteenth.com/