Myrtle Beach celebrates Juneteenth on Saturday, June 16

The City of Myrtle Beach Neighborhood Services Department presents “Carver Street Juneteenth.” The event is set for 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 16, in Hayward Park’s Garden of Hope, 1395 Carver Street. Come out to celebrate African-American history with a day of education and entertainment. The celebration also features music, food vendors and a kids’ fun zone.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union Soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas, with news that slaves were free. The announcement came two and a half years following President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. The annual celebration of June 19th was coined "Juneteenth" and has become a time for reassurance, reflection and celebration.