Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of Black Americans who had been enslaved in the United States. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it is now celebrated annually June 19 throughout the nation, becoming a federal holiday in 2021.
The event will kick off with a car caravan throughout the downtown area and end with a celebration at Folley Park, one of Chandler’s historically Black parks.
There will be live entertainment, food truck vendors, music and more, according to Shawn Mitchell with Chandler4Change.
"Saturday is really part of what we have been calling Freedom Week," Mitchell said. "Our philosophy is that because of COVID-19 we have been locked up and not socializing and all have been contained—the emancipation of slavery is the celebration of everyone being free. It's a chance for the whole community to be together. Not just Black groups and community members, but everyone."
- All You Can Eat Fish Fry: open mic event, spoken word and music with host Truth B. Told
West Alley BBQ, 111 W. Boston St., Chandler
- Juneteenth Performance: Chandler Self Help
Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler
- Juneteenth Caravan: drive from downtown Chandler to Folley Park
Chandler City Garage, 226 S. Washington St., Chandler
4 p.m. followed by live performances and music
More information on the weekend's events is available at www.chandler4change.org/current.