Sponsored by Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation, Juneteenth celebrates the anniversary of the American emancipation. Santa Cruz Juneteeth honors freedom and equality. The community-focused event is full of events including local musical acts playing in the park as guests dine on savory soul food samplings, participate in a basketball skills contest or compete in the famous sack race.
Sanctuary Santa Cruz and YARR will have an outreach booth at the festival. Come and show your solidarity with the African American community To sign up to help staff our Sanctuary/YARR booth at Juneteenth, email Sally.
Background on Juneteenth – On June 19th, 1865, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas with the news the Civil War had ended and enslaved people were now free. 150 years later, we celebrate this remarkable event at Juneteenth celebrations across the country. A long-held tradition among African Americans, Juneteenth is a fun and special day for anyone who believes in freedom and equality for all people.