Ten Ways to Mark the Official Holiday of Juneteenth Celebration Day in San Antonio

This year, there are many different ways you can join in on Juneteenth Celebration Day - an official City of San Antonio holiday - from online discussion, marches, rallies, or faith-based events.

Here are some of the events that will be held in order of time.

11 a.m.

Juneteenth March & Rally

March from Pittman Sullivan Park down Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. to the Freedom Bridge Together. Remember water, comfortable clothes, signs, snacks, whatever you need!

City of San Antonio Juneteenth Day proclamation

UTSA Juneteenth Online Panel

In collaboration with African American Studies and Multicultural Student Center for Equity and Justice, they will be hosting a panel discussion and will be joined by well-known poet Christopher Michael Brown. 

Location: https://utsa.campuslabs.com/engage/event/5899656


3 p.m.

Black Balloon Release

They will be parking at the AT&T Center, having some short messages delivered, and then we will march to the Martin Luther King, Jr. on New Braunfels Street.

There will be speakers, and a moment of silence, and then March back. Please bring as many helium-filled black balloons as possible.

Hosted by Reliable Revolutionaries

Youth-Led Black Lives Matter Protest

Central Library, 600 Soledad St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA (map)

DescriptionMeet at Central Library downtown and march to the Bexar County Courthouse. Youth-led!!!

Hosted by Josey Garcia and Reliable Revolutionaries SA  

Event Link:https://www.facebook.com/events/2622031061379799/  


4 p.m.

Juneteenth Block Party

Juneteenth Freedom Block Party and Rally "We Must Unite"

Location: The East Bar- 829 N. New Braunsfels San Antonio, Texas

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1136339320092563/

Come enjoy an evening with:
Live Musical Performances (TBA)
Music by DJ Bandit
Vendors, (TBA)
Food Trucks
Mobile Hookah Lounge and more

Hosted by B Michele Events. For more information call 210-570-7096

6 p.m.

Vesper Service for Juneteenth

Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWFww6n8uI3mIDzvhidAwFg

A special re-dedication of the building formerly known as the Jefferson Building will be the focus of a Vesper Service on June 19 at 6 pm (Juneteenth). The service will be posted to our church Youtube Channel, exactly as our Sunday services are posted. Music, readings, and poetry will breath new life into what will be known as Building 5 on our campus.

This Vesper Service and re-dedication are part of our collective work as a congregation of undoing white supremacy. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863.

In additional commemoration, part of the Vesper Service will be dedicated to reading the names of slaves owned by Thomas Jefferson. If you are interested in being a reader of names, please contact Dorothy Wallace at lee20@flash.net.

Flyer to Event

Juneteenth Celebration at Gardopia Gardens

Celebrate Juneteenth at the Gardeopia Gardens, there will be local vendors, music, food trucks, and water fights! 

Live Podcast: Go LIve with Kinyo

Practice Social Distancing, and wear a mask!

Open for all ages at 619 N New Braunfels Ave, San Antonio, TX 78202

6:30 p.m.

A Moment of Intention (Community Reflection & Meditation)

The Krishna community here has provided free vegan food at many Black Lives Matter events. They are offering meditation and positivity during these trying times.  

 "A Moment of Intention" During these in intense times, intention is everything. The goal is to give out the highest vibrations of appreciation, positivity, and inner reflection in the heart of downtown San Antonio.

They will have silent meditation, free vegan food, music meditation, community forum & healing circle, and live acoustic music from local artists.

For more information on volunteering please call 210.995.7377 

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/934272260337777/

We Will Rise: Worship & Prayer Gathering

Hosted by Community Bible Church:

Join them at Travis Park as they gather together for worship and prayer for equality and unity.

7 p.m.

Black Lives Matter Zoom Panel Discussion

A virtual panel discussion hosted by Esperanza Peace & Justice Center about the incredible documentary 13th  and the intersection between racism, criminal justice, and connecting the dots to the issues we are seeing today.

If you haven’t seen the documentary, you can watch it for free at this link:


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