Thursday, June 13, 2013 , Updated 12:00 p.m., June 19, 2013
Celebrate emancipation with these 5 Juneteenth events
The holiday dates back to 1865.
Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day slaves in Texas learned that Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation more than two years earlier. Here are a few local celebrations:
This year’s installment of the annual Juneteenth celebration in the Best Southwest area (DeSoto, Duncanville, Cedar Hill, and Lancaster) offers festivities at Lancaster City Park. Activities will include crafts, a kids' fun zone, a food court, games, a sports clinic, vendors, and live entertainment.
June 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. in Lancaster City Park, 211 W. Belt Line Road, Lancaster. Free to attend. Vendor merchandise and food will be available for purchase. 972-218-3700. lancaster-tx.com.
This family-oriented event offers daytime and evening attractions, including a Civil War re-enactment with costumed presenters, live music, pedal boats, a petting zoo, hayrides, games, food, and more at Double D Ranch. Special guests will include Roger Emrich from “The Fan” KRLD-FM (105.3).
June 15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 11 p.m. at Double D Ranch, 12809 Eastgate Drive, Balch Springs. Admission is $10; free for children 7 and under. 972-557-6090. See the website for events, times and activities. bsjj.info.
The celebration kicks off with a Gospel Extravaganza on June 14, followed by a June 15 parade and a fest featuring live music, games for kids, vendors, and more.
Gospel Extravaganza June 14 at 6 p.m. at Fred Moore Park, 629 Lakey St., Denton; June 15 activities include a 10 a.m. parade that starts at the Denton Civic Center parking lot (321 E. McKinney) and runs to Fred Moore Park, where the fest will run from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Free. dentonjuneteenth.org.
Shennette Garrett-Scott will present “When Peace Come: The Significance of Juneteenth” at the Allen Public Library. Her program traces the history of Juneteenth events, from the late 19th-century freedmen colonies and settlements’ celebrations to the present.
June 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Allen Public Library, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen. Free. 214-509-4911. allenlibrary.org.
Juneteenth 2013 (free)
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center’s annual event will feature a family festival. The afternoon event will include games, food, vendors, live music by local artists, city department information booths, and live broadcasts.
June 19 from noon to 5 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 2922 MLK Jr. Blvd., Dallas. Free. 214-670-8418. mlkcelebrationdallas.org.
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