After the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect in 1863, it took two and a half years for the word that slaves were free to make it to Texas. The date that a Union general announced the news in Galveston on June 19, 1865 now known as Juneteenth is marked with celebrations across the state during the next two weekends.
It's official. A new Texas Juneteenth liscense plate will be available in December. Find out more and read the moving story about Opal and her take on Juneteenth.
Here are some June 18/Juneteenth events across the state include:
Fort Worth is pulling out the stops for its Juneteenth Parade at 7 p.m. Evans Ave. and Rosedale
Carver Museum hosts Juneteenth festivities from noon to 4 p.m. The event includes live music, food and character interpretations.
The Central Texas Juneteenth Committee hosts a 2K Emancipation Run/walk beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Comal Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. At 10 a.m., the Juneteenth Emancipation Parade begins at the same intersection. Park celebrations follow from noon to 8 p.m. at Rosewood Park, 2300 Rosewood Avenue.
The One Mile of Smiles Juneteenth Parade kicks off at 7 p.m. on Saturday on Texas Parkway (FM 2234). Check out the parade route. Now in its13th year, the parade features nationally acclaimed high school marching bands, as well as, corporate & civic groups, celebrities, dignitaries, and the beautiful floats.
San Antonio has day-long festivities planned, including a reunion of the Ohio Players band, at Comanche Park #2 at 2600 Rigsby Ave. There also is a health fair from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. On Friday, June 17, indulge in a Festival Fish Fry from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. also at Comanche Park #2.