Here’s a history lesson for some: Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. The holiday honors June 19, 1865, the day slaves in Galveston, Texas, finally learned President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation two years earlier.
Denver’s annual Juneteenth Music Festival expands to two days this year, running Saturday & Sunday, June 15 & 16. in the Historic Five Points District. The annual parade — this year’s theme is “Dream Big” — steps out from Manual High School at 11 a.m. It winds through the streets of East Denver.
Festivities run from 11 a.m. until mid-evening. Festival-goers will find live entertainment, food and Youth Engagement Zone, along with pavilions devoted to health and education.
Ro James headlines Saturday. Grammy winner Ashanti headlines Sunday. Ro James headlines Sunday. Both give performances on the Dr. Daddio 25th Street Stage stage at 7 p.m.