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How and where to commemorate Juneteenth in Seattle

Enjoy some community events or give back to local nonprofits for this year’s commemoration of Juneteenth.

The outside of the Northwest African American Museum on a sunny day.

NAAM has been a central location for many of Seattle’s Juneteenth events.

Photo via NAAM

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Juneteenth is on Wednesday, June 19, commemorating the day in 1865 when institutional slavery was abolished in the US, nearly two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

This week marks two years since Juneteenth was announced as a federal holiday — the first national holiday to be signed into law since MLK Day in 1983.

Here are some ways to commemorate the day around Seattle.

Events

Thursday, June 13

  • Honoring Juneteenth | 6-7:30 p.m. | Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE, Bellevue | Free | Hear about the founding of the United States and the concept of “all men are created equal” from the perspective of a free Black colonist of the time.

Saturday, June 15

Sunday, June 16

  • REVIVAL: Juneteenth Pop-up Market | 12-5 p.m. | 2301 E. Union St., Seattle | Free | Peruse Black retailers, food vendors, and community organizations in the heart of Central District.

Wednesday, June 19

  • Lynnwood Juneteenth Freedom Festival | 10-3 a.m. | Cedar Valley Community School, 19200 56th Ave. W., Seattle | Free | Celebrate freedom, unity, and African American culture with a lineup of activities including marching bands and speakers.

Give back

Another way to acknowledge the day and the ongoing fight for human rights is to support local, Black-led community organizations. Check these out:

  • Feed the People | This nonprofit hosts youth cooking classes and aims to increase food access by supplying meals to the community. Donate or buy some merch.
  • Africatown Community Land Trust | This org maintains and stewards property within the Central District to create space for growing businesses. It also helps others keep and tend to their own land.
  • ACLU of Washington | The local chapter of the national organization works to ensure justice for all by offering litigation services and policy work.
  • King County Equity Now | By protecting and advocating for resources and systems that impact Black communities, this nonprofit hopes to create a more equitable King County.

If you’re in the mood to do some shopping or want to grab a meal, check out Intentionalist’s list of Black-owned businesses, restaurants, and services near you.

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