Celebrating Juneteenth in Downtown Sac

Jordan Alwood

Juneteenth, the national holiday celebrating the emancipation on June 19, is on Sunday. Do you know how you’re going to celebrate the day?

Visit Cesar Chavez Park for the Juneteenth Kick-Off at 10 AM on Saturday, June 18th, or attend the events listed below.

How to celebrate

If you’re in #DowntownSac this weekend, save your appetite! This 2-day event called the “Black Supper” will showcase Black foodways, Black chefs, Black-owned libations like wine and beer, and Black creatives providing entertainment. Saturday is the “Freedom Dinner” and Sunday is “The Cookout.”

More about these two events:

Freedom Dinner- Enjoy a 6-course dinner in the heart of downtown led by LSS Executive chef, and Sacramento native Byron Hughes. Chefs Nelson German, Kiki Louya, and Chris Viaud will work with Hughes to create a menu that travels to the past of Black foodways. Visit Tiger on 6/18 from 7pm-10pm + After Party to celebrate.

The Cookout- LSS will host a cookout in Ali Youssefi Square and is inviting the city out for food and fun. Enjoy BBQ food and feel-good music on K Street this Sunday.

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But first, a little history lesson:

1. What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. In 1865 on June 19th, Union soldiers landed in Texas with news that the enslaved were now free and the war has ended. This holiday is a reminder to us that nobody is free until everybody is free. It is also a day to reflect, learn, and grow as a nation and as people on how we can fight racism and inequality around us.

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2. What is #HellaJuneteenth

In 2021, a group of Northern California creatives launched a campaign called #HellaJuneteenth in hopes of being observed as a federal holiday. 805+ companies around the world joined this movement and added the holiday to their corporate calendars. As awareness grew, President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act to enforce this as a federal holiday.

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3. Who is Last Supper Society?

Last Supper Society is a Black-owned culinary collective marketing agency that focuses on experiences with food and culture. LSS unlocks the community-building magic and brings meaningful connections to life.

Learn more

We encourage you to not only attend this 2-day event but to also look at how you can bring awareness to inequality.