South Floridians observing Juneteenth at special events in Miami-Dade and Broward

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Juneteenth is a day now recognized as a federal holiday that marks the end of slavery in the United States.

One of the largest Juneteenth celebrations in the state is happening in South Florida, and a little rain isn’t going to stop the event.

“To teach our youngsters that come behind us, it’s very, very important that they know what this day represents,” said Kathy Cole.

The event happening at Calder Casino in Miami Gardens is called aa park-in party.

What this means is that participants are encouraged to drive here and enjoy the stage festivities from inside of their vehicles.

There are a number of artists slated to perform, from local acts to national names like the headliner, Doug E. Fresh.

The event is also an educational opportunity for many families.

“Just to celebrate the meaning of Juneteenth and make them understand it’s a family affair and we should all unite and be a family,” said Michelle Burgess.

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Added Jonell Murphy: “This is very important. This is something that is not really taught in school, so we’re here today.”

There’s been a weekend of activities across South Florida. In fact, in Broward County people gathered along the water in Dania Beach to observe the holiday.

That Juneteenth event was called Joy Festival, restoring joy to 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’s such a joy to see people from all walks of life, Black, White, Indian, Caribbean, coming together to celebrate the history of Juneteenth and what it represents,” said Nerissa Street.

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