As a city well known for its history and readiness to celebrate, we are looking forward to Juneteenth and the special day to commemorate and rejoice in the achievements of African Americans.

What is Juneteenth?

On June 19, 1865, the final enslaved people in the United States were finally freed. The slow progress of ending slavery after the Emancipation Proclamation meant some were still living in slavery long past its signing, over two years prior. Today, June 19th, referred to as Juneteenth, is a holiday to remember and honor the history of African Americans and to celebrate Black culture. Keep reading for Juneteenth celebrations going on this year and other ways to honor Black culture and history all year round.

In Celebration

5th Annual Freedom Fest

Since 2017 the annual Freedom Fest has been observing Juneteenth with a celebration and opportunities to focus on the health, education, and achievements of the Black community. Come see performers, peruse vendors and dine from food trucks at Dutch Square Mall. Join in for this free community event. 

Serco’s Juneteenth Celebration at the Harriet Barber house

Celebrate Juneteenth at the historic Harriet Barber House.  While you’re on site, learn more about the Barber family’s life and join in the festivities with food, vendors, shuttle to Congaree National Park, and  entertainment from a variety of musicians.

In honor

Explore Black Art

Columbia SC is rich with Black creators and artists. From historical monuments to brightly colored murals, these creative minds have defined the Columbia SC arts scene.


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Tour the Reconstruction Trail

The Reconstruction Era marked the challenging post-Civil War period in the United States and a remarkable time of change in Columbia SC. Experience a Journey Through the Reconstruction Era with a visit to HBCUs, historic churches and much more. Pick up a booklet at the Columbia SC Visitors Center or view the online guide.

Dine at a Black Owned Restaurant

Dig into some of the best food that Columbia SC has to offer. Check the Instagram post below for a list of Black-owned restaurants.