How to celebrate Juneteenth 2022 in the Madison area

Wisconsin Capitol Juneteenth Flag

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. This day came more than two years after Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and marks the day that the last slaves in Texas and all those formerly enslaved were officially granted freedom.

Juneteenth became a federal holiday in 2021, though Black Americans have been celebrating for generations, marking it as first day of true freedom and America’s second Independence Day. (Read more about Juneteenth prior to it becoming a federal holiday in this piece by Fabu Phillis Carter.) Celebrate this weekend through a host of virtual and in-person Juneteenth celebrations.