Wake Forest’s 2024 Juneteenth Celebration set for Friday & Saturday

Monday, June 10, 2024 - 12:59pm

The Northeast Community Coalition is partnering with the Town of Wake Forest to host Wake Forest’s 2024 Juneteenth Celebration on Friday and Saturday, June 14-15.

Free and open to the public, the two-day event will officially get underway with a “Com-munity Gathering” Friday, June 14, from 4-6:30 p.m. at Taylor Street Park, 416 N. Taylor St. Offering food, fun, and fellowship, the occasion will include arts and crafts and other activities for all ages. Jay’s Italian Ice will also be onsite.

The Juneteenth festivities will resume Saturday, June 15, at 10 a.m. with a walking parade from Hope House, 334 N. Allen Road, to the Dubois Center, 518 N. Franklin St. The parade lineup begins at 9 a.m. at the corner of East Pine Avenue and North Allen Road.

The walking parade will be followed by a “Freedom Historical Walk” that begins and ends at The Dubois Center. Anyone wishing to participate is encouraged to assemble at 10:35 a.m. to begin the Freedom Historical Walk which will conclude with a “History of DuBois” presentation.

The family-friendly celebration will continue at The Dubois Center until 5 p.m. with a variety of free food, music, arts and crafts, giveaways, and more. The Ailey Young House, 320 N. White St., will also be open to visitors from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. The occasion celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures. For more information about Wake Forest’s 2024 Juneteenth Celebration, visit https://bit.ly/WFJuneteenth or email [email protected].