Juneteenth 2022 celebrations

How to Celebrate Juneteenth 2022 in Seattle

Few holidays hold as much gravity as Juneteenth. The now nationally recognized celebration commemorates the liberation of Black men, women and children in the U.S., which formally occurred in 1865.

The Seattle area is set to play host to a number of special Juneteenth events that will not only mark the occasion, but also honor the impact of Black voices throughout this country’s history. Here are a few ways to celebrate Juneteenth 2022 in Seattle this year.

Attend a Mariners game

The Seattle Mariners are hosting a special celebration in honor Juneteenth, known as the Salute to the Negro Leagues. On Saturday, June 19, this classic night at the ballpark will aim to salute the history and contributions of the Negro Leagues, with the Mariners set to don the uniforms of the 1946 Seattle Steelheads. A special pregame musical performance will see local rock singer-guitarist Ayron Jones take the stage, too. For more information, visit www.mlb.com.

Connect with the community in Rainier Beach

Perhaps one of the best ways to celebrate Juneteenth is by celebrating the value in life and freedom. The Rainier Beach will be hosting a Juneteenth Celebration and Community Health Fair in partnership with Atlantic Street Center and Rainier Beach Community Center. The occasion will feature food trucks, vendors, cultural performances, community resources and more. For more information, visit www.atlanticstreetcenter.org.

Enjoy story time at the Northwest African American Museum

Seattle’s Northwest African American Museum will be hosting a Juneteenth Interactive Story Time on Sunday, June 12, in the afternoon. The cozy event will feature a reading of All Different Now by Angela Johnson with host Steve Zakuani from the Sounders FC. The museum’s Juneteenth celebration will also include an interactive art activity with local artist, Jeremy Bell. For more information, visit www.naamnw.org.

Celebrate soulful tunes at the Royal Room

On Juneteenth, Seattle locals and tourists alike will be able to take in the soulful sounds of live jazz tunes at the Royal Room. The celebratory event—hosted by The South Hudson Music Project—will present vocalist, songwriter and storyteller Elnah Jordan, as well as the Olympia-based Mazigazi band, as both musical shakers bring their African-inspired sounds to life in the heart of the city. For more information, visit www.theroyalroomseattle.com.

Honor Juneteenth-inspired art at “My Black is Beautiful”

Dazzling music, celebrations of freedom and Juneteenth-inspired performances are all set to convene at Seattle’s Othello Park from June 18 through June 19. The “It Takes A Village AMSA Edition—My Black is Beautiful” event will explore the rhythmic, uplifting art expressions of the Black community—all in the heart of the city’s central district. For more information, visit www.parkways.seattle.gov.

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