Looking for ways to celebrate Juneteenth? This is the ultimate Juneteenth guide from inception to celebration with dozens of recipes to curate your own Juneteenth menu.
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is the oldest national holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. We traditionally enjoy red foods on Juneteenth to symbolize the resilience of enslaved people. Many people also throw cookouts, shoot off fireworks, and attend festivals in honor of the holiday.
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How to celebrate Juneteenth
While historically Juneteenth has been celebrated with community activities like outdoor BBQs, parades, rodeos, pageants, festivals, church prayer, and singing spirituals. For many the holiday has been a recent pandemic discovery, limiting participation in the traditional activity. Whether you are alone, with a small group, or beyond here are few ways that you can celebrate Juneteenth this year:
- Find & attend a community-led Juneteenth event
- Have a small gathering including red foods and drink
- Read the Emancipation Proclamation
- Look up educational resources about the holiday
- Have a movie night, and watch High On The Hog
- Support a black-owned business or black author
However, you are able to celebrate, just make sure that you do and share it. Juneteenth is not just about Black history but American history and should be celebrated by all who believe in the value of freedom and equality.
This year I’m celebrating with a small group of family and friends, with plenty of red drink, gratitude in tow, and ample tombstones to pass out at the spades table.
What is the Juneteenth Virtual Cookout
The Juneteenth Virtual Cookout is a collective of black content creators (organized by Meiko Temple) who set out to practice and pass down culinary traditions while honoring the culinary contributions of the black diaspora. Participants in the round-up develop and share personal recipes to contribute to the theme of each round and collectively share their virtual real estate to promote the cause. Round-ups take place annually during Juneteenth, Black History Month & Holiday.
The 2021 Juneteenth Virtual Cookout includes 40+ black creators with “cookout friendly” recipes as a Freedom Day tribute. Join in, share, and help us continue the legacy of celebrating progress by checking out the list of contributors down below. Additionally, you can easily follow each participant by using the hashtag #JuneteenthCookout2021 on Instagram.
We are beyond grateful for our media partners who continue to support this initiative by allowing us to share our food traditions with their audiences. Here are some of the amazing media outlets that we partnered with this year:
Check out the full list of participants in the 2021 Juneteenth Cookout Takeover.
photo cred: Just Add Hot Sauce