MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – June 16 is a day now recognized as a federal holiday, marking the end of slavery in the United States.
One of the biggest June 16th celebrations in the state is taking place in South Florida, and a little rain won’t stop the event.
“To educate our youngsters who are coming behind us, it’s very, very important that they know what this day represents,” said Kathy Cole.
The event, which takes place at the Calder Casino in Miami Gardens, is called the Park-in-Party.
This means attendees are encouraged to drive here and enjoy the stage festivities from inside their vehicle.
There is a range of artists who will be performing, from local acts to national names like headliner Doug E. Fresh.
The event is also an educational opportunity for many families.
“Just to celebrate the importance of Juneteenth and to get them to understand that it’s a family affair and we should all unite and be one family,” said Michelle Burgess.
Jonell Murphy added: “This is very important. That’s not really taught in school, so here we are today.”
It was a weekend of activity throughout South Florida. In fact, in Broward County, people gathered by the waterfront at Dania Beach to celebrate the holiday.
This June 16 event was called the Joy Festival and brought joy back to the black communities.
These events speak directly to the history of what is now a federal holiday to mark the emancipation of slaves during the Civil War.
“It is such a joy to see people from all walks of life, black, white, Indian, Caribbean, coming together to celebrate the history of June 16 and what it represents,” Nerissa Street said.
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