Juneteenth Events in Williamsburg, JCC & Yorktown, Hampton and beyond in 2022
Juneteenth is a holiday that celebrates emancipation and marks the end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth became a permanent state holiday in 2020. Texas was the first state to proclaim Juneteenth a state holiday in 1980. Here are a list of events that celebrate Juneteenth in Williamsburg area and beyond on June 19, 2022
Looking at Juneteenth: What It Is and What It Isn’t
Join Williamsburg Area League of Women Voters members in the Stryker Center to learn about the origin of Juneteenth and how to celebrate it locally….read more
William & Mary Juneteenth Commemoration
Friday, June 17 from 3 pm to 7 pm. William & Mary is joining communities around the country to recognize and celebrate Juneteenth, which marks the end of slavery in the United States. William & Mary will celebrate Juneteenth in person for the first time at the site of Hearth: Memorial to the Enslaved. The event is expected…read more
Juneteenth Commemorative Art Exhibition – Opening Reception
Friday, June 17th from 6 pm – 8 pm Opening Reception – Stryker Center Gallery. The Stryker Center Gallery will present a special exhibition of local and regional Black artists curated by artist Willis Potter. The exhibition will run through July 8, 2022….read more
YJCW NAACP Motor Parade & Juneteenth Community Fest on Bicentennial Park
Saturday, June 18th from 9 am to noon. Free Open to the public. Classic Car Parade – Motor Parade Starts at Highland Park from….read more
Afro American Watermen’s Walk
June 18 at 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at York River State Park. African Americas have been an active part of the Chesapeake Bay’s seafood industry from processing houses to skipjack captains. Take a ranger guided walk along the shoreline and see the world of enslaved and free …..read more
Juneteenth at Jamestown Settlement
Saturday June 18th from 2 pm – 3:30 pm. Celebrate Juneteenth a day early at Jamestown Settlement with music, dance, spoken word performances and dramatic presentations. Atumpan Dance Theatre opens the event with a drum call and traditional African libation ceremony…..read more
York County Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 18, 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM – McReynolds Athletic Complex
The event features speakers, performers, food truck vendors, and more. It is free and open to the public. Performers scheduled to appear are: DJ Freestyle, Marching Elite, Intense Fiyaaaa, and Crimson Thunder.
Following the celebration event, visitors are invited to stay for Movies in the Parks featuring “Soul,” the hit 2020 Disney Pixar film…. read more
FREE Admission to Colonial Williamsburg on June 19, 2022
Colonial Williamsburg will be offering free admission on Sunday, June 19 in observance of Juneteenth. Special highlights include Bray School Archeological Project, Loquacious Lucy, Queen for a Day, A Taste of Freedom, ….read more
Juneteenth Community Consortium Inter-Faith Experience
Join us for an interfaith worship service on Sunday, June 19, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. on the lawn of the Art Museums in Williamsburg to celebrate “Juneteenth Independence Day,” the end of slavery and the emancipation of the formerly enslaved people. The amazing worship experience ….read more
Bray School Archaeological Project
Sunday, June 19: 9 AM – 4:30 PM Bray School Archaeological Project – Visitors are invited to stop by the Williamsburg Bray School Archaeology site, talk to archaeologists in the field, and learn about the Bray School Initiative ….read more
Celebrate Juneteenth at Custis Square!
Celebrate Juneteenth at Custis Square! – Take a tour of the archaeological site and learn about Pompey, Alice, Jack, and the other enslaved men, women, and children who lived and worked at Custis Square. Free flow exploration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guided tours begin at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. This community event is open to the public. Weather dependent. More info
First Baptist Church Archaeological Site
Sunday, June 19: 9:30 AM – 12 PM & 1 PM – 4 PM Archaeologists are conducting excavations to uncover two buildings, the remains of the mid-19th century First Baptist Church and a smaller building that preceded it. The earlier building….read more
Freedom’s Paradox Tour
Sunday, June 19: 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:45 PM, 2:45 PM, and 3:45 PM. Take a 60-minute walking tour of the Randolph Yard, Market Square and Palace Green. Examine slavery’s evolution, and the reliance upon it by patriots like Peyton Randolph, to build a city, a colony and….read more
Loquacious Lucy, Queen for a Day
Sunday, June 19: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM When Lucy, a gregarious and loquacious enslaved child, learns that her best friend has been sold, her father must teach her hard lessons about slavery and instill….read more
Juneteenth Festival -Celebrating Freedom, All Fathers and All Families.
Sunday June 19th from 11 AM and 6 PM ** Special Juneteenth Church Service 10am Darling Stadium 4111 Victoria Blvd Hampton VA Free and open to the Public Entertainment Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Hip Hop & ReggaeContemporary Dance troupePoetry/spoken word African Drummers Special Guest: Rahiem (formerly with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five) Civil Rights Activist, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame….read more
Charlton Stage Programs
Outdoor Theatre Performances at 11:45 AM, 2:45 PM, and 4:00 PM
Visit with a Nation Builder – Edith Cumbo
Visit with a Nation Builder – Gowan Pamphlet
My Story My Voice – Sam’s War …read more
The Village Initiative in Education Equity and Williamsburg Action Juneteenth Freedom Celebration, Honoring the Ancestors
Sunday June 19th from 3:00 to 7:00 P. M. Activities include an opening parade with amazing entertainment, culminating in the crowning of Little Miss and Mr. Juneteenth. Mr. Steve Prince, William & Mary’s Distinguished Artist, will lead a….read more
History Half Told is UnTold – Screenings
Sunday June 19th from 3:30 PM and 5 PM Let Freedom Ring Foundation will host screenings of “History Half Told is Untold” at 3:30 PM and again at 5:00 PM at the church in the Sanctuary, with an opportunity to ring the Freedom Bell following each show…..read more
To see all the events (in case we missed a few visit Colonial Williamsburg Juneteenth page here.
Events at York River State Park
York River State Park will have two events on Saturday, June 19 that share stories of the history of African slavery in the Virginia Colony.
- Rebellion & Runaway Walk from 10 a.m. until noon
How did African slavery begin in the Virginia Colony and did they seek freedom from their condition? Did any European indentured servants and Native Americans resist their lot as well? Walking with staff from York River State Park, participants will discover stories of rebellious conspiracies and courageous runaways and how they overcame the challenging terrain of Tidewater Virginia to elude their oppressors. Reservations are required by calling 757-566-3036 or emailing YorkRiver@dcr.virginia.gov.
- Rebellions and Runaways Along the River from 1-2 p.m.
Enslaved Africans of Colonial Virginia made efforts to secure their freedom long before the Civil War. Discover stories of betrayed uprisings, undaunted maroons and others who stood against tyranny in the Tidewater area.