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Residents around the area honor and celebrate Juneteenth

Published: Jun. 17, 2022 at 3:42 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 17, 2022 at 4:03 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Upstate honored Juneteenth this weekend with several celebrations that took place throughout the weekend

June 19th, known as “Juneteenth,” is a day marked to commemorate the end of slavery in the U.S. Juneteenth was made a federal holiday in 2021.

On Sunday, the 2022 Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration took over the TD stage in downtown Greenville.

The event featured music, vendors, food, and more.

For Mom Anya Ware, she brought her boys to the celebration in hopes they grow up knowing more about this holiday.

“Without them and all of the turmoil that they went through just being slaves and coming through the ranks of discrimination and Jim Crow and all of that, I would not be able to be the woman I am today. The businesswoman I am today,” she said.

Here are some other events that took place over the weekend:

Greenville - Juneteenth Gala & MegaFest

On Friday night, a gala was held to celebrate Juneteenth from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Juneteenth MegaFest was held in Falls Park on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event drew thousands of people and included vendors, performances and live music!

Spartanburg - Juneteenth Celebration Weekend

The City of Spartanburg held events all weekend long to celebrate Juneteenth. According to organizers, the event was full of food, fellowship and the opportunity to learn.

The weekend kicked off with a block party near the clock tower on Friday from 6 to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, the city hosted a Juneteenth Festival at Barnett Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On Sunday at 5 p.m., Cornerstone Baptist Church held a Juneteenth Celebration & Renewal service.

Clemson - Juneteenth Celebration at Nettles Park

A celebration at Nettles Park was held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. It included a parade, music and spoken word performances.

Fountain Inn - Juneteenth Soul Food Festival

Food trucks and vendors were on Main Street in Fountain Inn for a festival that included live music and spoken word performances from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Asheville- Juneteenth Freedom Day

The City of Asheville held a Juneteenth celebration at Pack Square on Saturday afternoon. The event included food, art, music and more!