Ohio’s Juneteenth Celebrations
By Meg Berno

Ohio’s Juneteenth Celebrations

Most people celebrate freedom on July 4, but if you come to Ohio this weekend, you’ll find lots of lots of ways to celebrate Juneteenth, which is a celebration that commemorates the freeing of the last slaves on American soil. All around the state, you can recognize the holiday in various ways with cookouts, parades, concerts, festivals and more.

In Oberlin, celebrate all week long at the Juneteenth Homecoming Festival (June 12-18) with a series of events that lead up to a parade, festival and concert on Sunday, June 19 at Tappan Square.

Columbus kicks off the weekend with the annual Juneteenth Ohio Festival (June 17-19). This is Ohio’s longest-running Juneteenth celebration and fastest growing event in Central Ohio. There is something to for everyone to enjoy with weekend long events including an Underground Railroad Journey, soul food cook-off, talent and comedy shows, reggae and gospel concerts and a unity walk.

Dayton’s 10th Annual Juneteenth Celebration (June 17-19) offers up activities for the whole family: a community parade, a community revival with area church choirs and a festival at McIntosh Memorial Park.

June19_cincinatti2 (1) Cincinnati recognizes Juneteenth with the 11th Annual Juneteenth Celebration (June 17-19) including vendors, exhibitors, concerts and entertainment. For the kids, there are pony rides with real Cincinnati Urban Cowboys, games, crafts and more. There are plenty of historical exhibits and they will also be conducting health screenings.

Juneteenth is a wonderful way for people of all backgrounds to discover the history of America and observe the significance of such an important day. How do you plan to celebrate freedom this year?

About the Author

Meg Berno is a freelance writer and Marketing Coordinator with the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau. Meg graduated from Miami University with a degree in Strategic Communications. Outside of work, Meg enjoys photography, writing and finding new places to explore in Ohio.