On June 19, 1865, Federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, where U.S. General Gordon Granger read General Orders No. 3, informing the citizens of Texas that all enslaved people were free. The "Freedom Day" celebrations that followed that announcement became known as Juneteenth, and more than 150 years later, Juneteenth remains the longest-running African-American holiday in America.

Today, the commemoration perpetuates, growing in size each year, and in 2021, President Joe Biden signed a bill recognizing Juneteenth as a national holiday. For 2022 you will find Juneteenth celebrations all across The Secret Coast – from festivals to parties and other family-friendly events.

Juneteenth – A Celebration of Freedom (Waveland)

June 18, 2022, 11:00 am – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Herlihy Street in Waveland, MS

Waveland Helping Hands Community Organization will host a Juneteenth festival to include vendors, music, games, food, raffles, and Empowerment Events. The event is free to attend. Click here to see the flyer.

The Ancestors Weekend at 100 Men Hall (Bay St. Louis)

June 17-19,2022, varying times, must purchase tickets – 100 Men Hall in Bay St. Louis, MS

This June, the 100 Men Hall will be celebrating its Centennial Year in addition to commemorating Juneteenth! The festivities start on Friday, June 17th with the unveiling of an interactive sculpture and mural, followed by African drumming and dancing with Baba Luther and Mama Jamila from Congo Square. Saturday, June 18th will feature a pageantry of African Tribal customs and couture with Bamboula 2000 members, BYOB permitted. Lastly, on Juneteenth (Sunday, June 19), celebrity mixologist Taariq David of Hospitality Bruhs will teach a cocktail workshop to include three craft cocktails. Click here for more details and to purchase event tickets.

Juneteenth Freedom Weekend (Gulfport)

June 16-19, 2022, varying times – Isiah Fredericks Community Center in Gulfport, MS

In Gulfport, the Juneteenth celebrations take place all weekend long, starting with the Mary Spinks-Thigpen Oratorical Contest on Thursday, June 16th, which provides scholarships to children K-12 that receive first place in four tiers. On June 17th, the Juneteenth Kick-Off Party will feature music, food, and family-friendly fun. A morning promenade will take place on Michigan and Kennedy Avenue on Saturday, June 18th, followed by an afternoon festival at the Isiah Fredericks Ball Fields. On the day of Juneteenth (Sunday, June 19), the celebration will wind down with a Freedom Brunch and Awards. Click here for full event details.

Juneteenth Freedom Festival (Gautier)

June 18, 2022, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Gautier City Park, 914 De La Pointe Dr. Gautier, MS 39553

CORE (Community Organization Responsible for Engagement) will host a Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom to include hamburgers and hotdogs, face painting, snowballs, vendors, food trucks, music, and more. Click here for more details.