Family-Friendly Activities to Celebrate Juneteenth
By Shaoming Chang
County of Orange Social Services Agency
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day and Emancipation Day, was declared a federal holiday on June 17, 2021. It is observed on June 19 and commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Below are ways families can learn about the significance of this date in American history.
Visit a Museum
A great way to learn about the history and importance of Juneteenth is to visit, in person or virtually, an exhibit or museum. Children learn best through sensory experiences. Explore the many textures and colors of paintings, sculptures, dioramas, and enjoy the sounds of musical compositions.
California African American Museum
National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel
National Museum of African American History & Culture – Smithsonian
Reading builds connections. It allows families to spend time together while enhancing language comprehension and vocabulary. Browse books by black authors that highlight Juneteenth’s significance.
Orange County Public Libraries
Host a Juneteenth event featuring traditional favorites such as spicy hot links, red velvet cake and red drinks. Plan the menu, shop for ingredients and prepare the meal with the kids.
Attend an Event
Below are local events that highlight the food, music, art and history of Juneteenth.
Aquarium of the Pacific
Juneteenth Celebration – Orange County Heritage Council
Juneteenth Freedom Celebration: City of Irvine
The Long Beach Juneteenth Celebration