TAMPA, Fla. — Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865. That's when the last enslaved African-Americans learned they were free.
President Joe Biden signed a bill Thursday making Juneteenth the nation's 12th federal holiday -- and the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983.
While Juneteenth commemorates a significant moment in American history, many are just learning about the day's importance.
Here's how you can celebrate, honor, and educate yourself on Juneteenth across Tampa Bay.
Juneteenth Freedom Market at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
This historical event is free and features entertainment, food trucks, and shopping from local black-owned businesses. It will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium.
AfroCan Fest 2021, Tampa
Enjoy live entertainment, live art, delicious food vendors, and a silent auction at this celebration of black excellence and culture in South Tampa. The event runs from 6-10 p.m. at the Tampa Garden Club on 2629 Bayshore Boulevard.
There will be live music from FWD Thinkers, vendors, food, poetry readings and more. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1463 Tampa Park Plaza.
Juneteenth Business Expo 2021, St. Petersburg
The second annual Juneteenth Expo is free and celebrates black businesses from all over the world. The event runs from 3-9 p.m. at 642 22nd Street South.
East Pasco Juneteenth Community Celebration, Dade City
Celebrate “freedom, hope and opportunity” with music, food, games and free health screenings. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the James Irvin Civic Center.
Juneteenth Laura Street Market, Plant City
A Juneteenth celebration of the local black business district showcasing and marketing today's black and brown vendors' merchandise. It runs from 2-5 p.m. at 205 Allen Street.
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