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Juneteenth: Celebrate “Freedom Day” with These Epic Travel Destinations

It’s time to pack your bags and gear up for a truly meaningful celebration—Juneteenth. But before we dive into the vibrant travel destinations where you can celebrate Freedom Day, let’s take a moment to reflect on why Juneteenth holds such a profound place in African American history.


The Significance of Juneteenth

Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, marks a pivotal moment in American history. It was on this day in 1865, two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, that the last enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, were informed of their freedom. This day, known as Freedom Day, represents a monumental victory for the African American community and serves as a symbol of the end of slavery in the United States.


And now it is our time to shine, to rise, to celebrate freedom and this incredible thing called Black resilience. There are celebrations popping up across the country every year and we love it. But to keep it simple, here are our top five destinations to celebrate Juneteenth.


Galveston, TX

Celebration of Freedom: Juneteenth is the day we honor the moment our ancestors in Texas heard the life-changing words: “You are free!” This day isn’t just about looking back; it’s about celebrating how far we’ve come and the strides we’ve made toward liberty and justice.

Where to party? The Juneteenth Festival in Galveston is a cultural extravaganza, in the home of where it all began. Dance to the irresistible beats of music thumping through the air, attend a workshop or comedy night, and join in the Emancipation March. There’s something around every corner all month long during this massive celebration! And don’t forget to catch the annual reading of that most important document, the Emancipation Proclamation. 


Philadelphia, PA

Knowledge is Power: Juneteenth is our annual wake-up call to remind ourselves and others about our history. It’s a day to reflect on the sacrifices made and the victories won in the name of freedom and equality.

Where to learn? In addition to one of the biggest Juneteenth gatherings, Philadelphia is home to a number of significant historical sites. Visit the Lest We Forget Museum of Slavery, which contains artifacts that will bring to life the experiences of enslaved peoples. Afterwards, head to the Juneteenth music festival to dance the night away and celebrate life.


Atlanta, GA

Unity in the Community: Juneteenth is when we link arms and stand united. It’s a day to celebrate the community, to forge connections, and to revel in the shared history that binds us. Remember, we are stronger together.

Where to unite? The Juneteenth Parade in Atlanta is a celebration of unity across the state. The goal of the Georgia United campaign is to have someone from every city and county in Georgia take part in the parade – so if you live in Georgia, why not represent your hometown? After you’ve marched through the streets, dance the night (and day) away to live music, tickle your taste buds with delicious soul food, and shop til you drop with local vendors, all at the Juneteenth Music Festival.


New York, NY

Culture is King: Our culture is a tapestry woven with the threads of creativity, struggle, and triumph. Juneteenth is the perfect day to celebrate the richness of Black culture that has thrived even in the darkest of times.

Where to express yourself? We all know no one does culture like New York. As you’d expect, the Juneteenth celebrations are big, loud, and full of life: music, food, workshops, a parade, it’s all happening. Don’t forget New York has a lot going on year-round too – treat yourself to a show at the Apollo, or stretch your legs and expand your mind with a walking tour of Harlem. 


Washington D.C.

The Journey Isn’t Over: As we bask in the festivities, let’s not forget that the journey to freedom is ongoing. Juneteenth is a stark reminder that the fight for equality is far from over. 

Where to be heard? Our nation’s capital is where decisions are made every day that affect our lives, so make sure to keep letting them know we’re here, standing in our power. There’s a lot going on for Juneteenth in D.C. – exhibits galore at the various museums honoring Black artists, a music festival, historical tours, and more. Be sure to visit 16th St. NW in Downtown D.C. to see the “Black Lives Matter” mural marching down the road in letters 50 feet high.


As a celebration of our past, a reflection on our present, and a call to action for our future, let’s make this Juneteenth a day to remember – and let your spirit soar with a whole lot of celebration! If you need help planning how you and your loved ones are going to celebrate Juneteenth, we’ve got you covered – get in touch today and let’s make it happen.


Celebrate with Style and Substance

As we pay homage to this historic day, why not make it extra special with some travel flair? This year, XTD Travel is making it easier and more enticing to immerse yourself in the Juneteenth celebrations Gather your friends and head over to our website! It's time to check out all the amazing trips we have lined up and register for your next unforgettable bucket list adventure. Don't miss out on the opportunity to create lasting memories with your favorite travel crew!


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