In honor of Juneteenth's 150th anniversary, Fort Worth has an exciting lineup of events prepared for this weekend, June 19 - 21. Juneteenth commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865, nearly two years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. The news caused celebration and men and women have remembered it through the years with festivals, music and games. This year is no exception.
An all-faith Breakfast of Prayer will kick off the weekend long event on Friday, June 19, at 9 a.m. at Baker Chapel AME Church. This prayer is in the spirit of unity and recognizing that "None of us are free, until we are all free." Following the prayer at noon is a Commemorative Celebration with music, live entertainment and vendors at the City of Fort Worth Council Chambers hosted by the Martin Luther King Jr. and Juneteenth Committee.
Saturday's events span from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and take place in Cobb Park. The day will start with a 5K/1 Mile Run/Walk followed by a parade and 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament. Immediately following, the heart of the weekend celebration, Festival in the Park, will begin. The festival brings to life the celebrations of the past with food trucks, a car show, live music, cards and dominos, midway rides, vendors, and DJ personalities from K104 and KRNB. The best part of all, entrance is free and open to all! On Sunday, June 21, the African-American Film Festival wraps up the weekend with shows that embody the spirit of Juneteenth's celebration of freedom.