We get it. Juneteenth is a new federal holiday for most of us. If you’re unaccustomed to observing it, then you’re probably wondering how to celebrate. We can help, but first things first:
- If you’re a Juneteenth newby, keep it simple. One of the easiest ways to observe Juneteenth is with a backyard barbecue and…
- Perhaps, reading about the history of emancipation in the United States with friends and family.
- Create a relaxing and joyful event for the day by seeking out programming in your city that you can follow with food at home.
They do Juneteenth in Texas in a big way. It is the state where the celebration originates. If you’re planning a home event involving a guest list, here are a few tips:
- Secure a definitive head count, especially if your space and resources are limited.
- Juneteenth is a communal observance, so it would not be inappropriate to make it a potluck event. Ask guests to bring a dish that means something to them. Also, figure out who is vegan and vegetarian and provide food for them that makes them feel welcomed.
- Create a fun playlist. Maybe include some Houston and New Orleans Zydeco music to play in the background, and if resources allow, hire someone to teach guests how to dance to Zydeco, which is big in Texas.
- Give your guests a special keepsake from the gathering like red bandanas or a small gift bag containing a bottle of red soda pop and a piece of red velvet cake. (Red is an important Juneteenth color.)
Here’s the most important thing to remember. Do whatever you have to do to minimize your stress. Juneteenth is both serious and happy; focus most on the happy.