Juneteenth Celebrations Throughout Santa Barbara County

Juneteenth in Santa Barbara's Funk Zone (courtesy)

As the nation gears up to mark Juneteenth, a series of events and celebrations are scheduled in Santa Barbara County to mark the historic milestone.

The first Juneteenth Celebration was celebrated in Texas on June 19, 1866, one year after the Emancipation Proclamation reached them.

Recognizing the end of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth became a federal holiday in 2021, when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law. Juneteenth became the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was adopted in 1983.

Juneteenth Santa Barbara’s 7th Annual Block Party will take place on Saturday, June 15th, in the Funk Zone.

This City-sponsored event celebrates Black Independence Day with a vibrant showcase of Black culture, talent, and joy. Enjoy live music, dancing, poetry, artist exhibitions, storytelling, and delicious food, alongside the Black Artisan Market featuring Black-led community organizations. Don’t miss this free, community-centered celebration!

Learn more at https://juneteenthsb.org

On the same day, June 15, there will be another Juneteenth celebration from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Old Town Lompoc at H Street and Cypress near the Lompoc Museum.

Hosted by Santa Maria-Lompoc NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and C4Lompoc, the event will feature live entertainment, food and marketplace vendors, kids activities and more.

The event will feature music; historical re-enactments including the Drum Major Instinct by Santa Maria-Bonita School District Superintendent Dr. Darren McDuffie; food and merchandise vendors; nonprofit organizations; games for children and adults; the Lompoc Public Library Book Mobile; children story time; elected officials; and keynote speaker, Guadalupe Police Chief Michael Cash.

Edhat Staff

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