As Juneteenth approaches Monday, June 19, our nation celebrates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans following the Civil War. The holiday’s origin can be traced to the moment the last enslaved people were informed of their freedom. North Carolina began observing Juneteenth as a holiday in 2007, and it was declared a federal holiday in 2021.
The Twin Counties have a number of notable Juneteenth events to celebrate.
Rocky Mount’s Juneteenth Community Empowerment Festival
Rocky Mount will have the Juneteenth Community Empowerment Festival beginning Friday night and continuing through Sunday.
Each day will feature unique events, vendors, and more. Vendors interested can find information on the event’s page. It promises to be a great time of entertainment and community.
Friday, June 16 - At Five Points
5:00–5:30 p.m. | Juneteenth Youth Empowerment Session | Rocky Mount Event Center
6:00–7:00 p.m. | A/B Honor Roll | Rocky Mount Event Center
6:00–6:30 p.m. | DJ Teddy Bear
6:30–7:15 p.m. | Freddy Greene
7:15–7:30 p.m. | Petrina Bryant (Trina Thoughtz)
7:45–8:30 p.m. | Chan Hall
9:00–10:15 p.m. | Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band
Saturday, June 17 - at the Helen P. Gay Rocky Mount Historic Train Station
8:00 a.m. | Bike Rodeo | Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1213 Leggett Road
11:15–11:30 a.m. | Juneteenth Opening Ceremony
12:00–12:30 p.m. | Petrina Bryant (Trina Thoughtz)
12:45–1:30 p.m. | Chapter Three
2:00–2:45 p.m. | Zuzu Acrobats Show #1
3:30–4:15 p.m. | Zeb Harrison & Sounds of Praise
4:30–5:00 p.m. | Keynote Speaker: Earl Ijames
5:15–6:00 p.m. | Bike Giveaway & John & Mary Perry Scholarship Presentation
6:00–6:30 p.m. | Zuzu Acrobats Show #2
6:45–7:45 p.m. | Sisaundra Lewis
8:15–9:45 p.m. | Mr. TalkBox & Marcus Anderson
Sunday, June 18 - at the Helen P. Gay Rocky Mount Historic Train Station
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. | Opening & Welcome
2:00– 2:45 p.m. | Rocky Chapel Baptist Church Male Chorus
3:00–3:45 p.m. | George Dickens & The Gospel Disciples
4:00–4:45 p.m. | Luther Barnes & Restoration Gospel Choir
5:00–5:45 p.m. | Hezekiah Walker & Mount Moriah Community Church Choir
Tarboro-Edgecombe Celebrate Juneteenth Festival
Tarboro-Edgecombe will hold their First Juneteenth Festival on Monday, June 19. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Courthouse Square in downtown Tarboro and entry is free.
Highlights of the event include music, comedy, food, and more. J Marcel will be the event’s host.
Live performances by:
Shades of Harmony
Chapter 3 Band
Da Smitty Band
Petrina Bryant, Spoken Word
Comedy Performances by:
Other Juneteenth Events
The Mecca on Douglas | Friday, June 16 | 150 E Thomas St., Rocky Mount
Bruno’s Burger Bar available 5-9 p.m.
Movie on the Lawn: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever | 7-10 p.m.
Rnb Versus (Album Edition) | 7-10 p.m.
Live Music: I Candy | Saturday, June 17 | 6 pm - 12 a.m. | Moe & D’s, 123 Church St., Rocky Mount
Tru Vegas Event Center (located at 115 Commercial Rd. in Tarboro) will host the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Festival on Saturday, June 17 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will be hosted by MCs Danisha and Rosie and will include:
George Dickens and the Gospel Disciples
2 bands and 3 DJs
Games for kids