Celebrating Juneteenth in Seattle

Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, marks the anniversary of the emancipation of the last enslaved African Americans in the United States. This significant day, which originated in Texas, has grown to be recognized and celebrated nationwide. Juneteenth is an opportunity to honor Black history, culture, and contributions while also supporting the local Black community in Seattle. Here’s your guide to celebrating Juneteenth in Seattle, with spaces for you to add in details about specific events and Black-owned businesses. 

Juneteenth Events in Seattle 

Seattle hosts various events to commemorate Juneteenth, from musical celebrations and festive gatherings to educational opportunities. Here are some key events you can attend:

1. Summer of Soul

    • Date and Time: June 19,12- 8 pm
    • Location: Jimi Hendrix Park 
    • Description: Commemoration of the liberation of African American ancestors from chattel slavery and collectively envision and explore what future freedom can look like, all through formatted virtual and in-person discussions and festival activations.

2. Emmett and Mamie-Till Mobley: Let the World See

    • Date and Time: June 19, 10 am – 3 pm 
    • Location: Northwest African American Museum   
    • Description: Nearly 70 years ago, Emmett Till’s beaten and decomposed body was returned to his mother, who demanded an open casket at his funeral so that all attendees could bear witness to the brutalities of racism. Learn more about Till’s tragic murder and how you can become a “ripple for justice” in your community.  

3. Black Arts Legacies Celebration

    • Date and Time: June 18, 6:30 – 9 pm 
    • Location: Washington Hall 
    • Description: Join Cascade PBS for its third year celebrating local Black artists through the Black Arts Legacies project. The evening will include performances by artists featured in the project, a portrait gallery of this year’s artists, video highlights from the series, food, dancing and more. 

4. Afrikan Marketplace

    • Date and Time: June 22, 12 – 5 pm 
    • Location: Wa Na Wari 
    • Description: Join Wa Na Wari for an Afrikan Marketplace 11 am – 5 pm and find unique jewelry, silk scarves, unconventional artist materials, home décor, quilts and more.  

Supporting Black-Owned Businesses in Seattle 

Another way to honor Juneteenth is by supporting Black-owned businesses. Here are some resources to find local businesses you can uplift: 

1. Pike Place Market

The Market is a vibrant and thriving historic neighborhood that includes five social service programs, 220+ independently owned shops & restaurants, 160+ craftspeople, 70+ farmers, 60+ permitted buskers, 450+ residents in the Market’s affordable housing, and one foundation. Check out this list of Black-owned businesses in the Market and ways to support them. 

2. Seattle Good Business Network

Seattle Good Business Network connects and inspires people to buy, produce, and invest locally so that everyone has a meaningful stake in the local economy. 

3. Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle Black Business Directory

The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle (ULMS) serves as an architect of change with a mission of empowering those we serve by providing programming and essential services designed to support and encourage self-sufficiency in all aspects of life.  

Juneteenth is a day of reflection, celebration, and community. By participating in local events and supporting Black-owned businesses, you can honor this important holiday and contribute to the upliftment of the Black community in Seattle. Remember to check out the events listed and explore the wonderful businesses that make our city vibrant and diverse. 

Happy Juneteenth!