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Juneteenth Celebration
June 16 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm | Cost: Free |Yuengling Center, 12499 USF Bull Run Drive, Tampa, FL 33617

Join our students of the Office of Multicultural Affairs across the University of South Florida for a Juneteenth celebration. Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of African Americans. Join USF students for food, entertainment, education and celebration of Juneteenth!

City of Tampa Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony & Festival

June 16 | 11 am - 2 pm | Cost: Free | Old City Hall, 315 E. Kennedy Blvd.

 Join them for the 4th Annual Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony & Festival which will begin with a flag raising ceremony at City Hall followed by a festival at Lykes Gaslight Square Park. Come ready to share your oral histories to be documented as part of our Soul Walk project.

Juneteenth Celebration
June 17 | 11 am - 7 pm | Cost: Free | Sam and Martha Gibbons Alumni Center 4202 E. Fowler Ave ALC100 Tampa, FL 33620

A celebration of history and culture! 

Juneteenth Cultural Celebration: Arts, History & Equity
June 18 | 10 am - 5 pm | Cost: see event page | Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park 600 North Ashley Drive Tampa, FL 33602

Juneteenth Cultural Celebration underscores the historical significance of Juneteenth while highlighting the area's culture.

Film: The Flying Ace (1926)
June 18 | 3 pm | Cost: Free | Tampe Theatre 

THE FLYING ACE will be a FREE “Film Tampa Bay Presents” screening in celebration of Juneteenth. The film – directed by Richard E. Norman and produced by Norman Studios in Jacksonville, FL – features an all-Black cast and tells the story of the dastardly pilot Finley Tucker and the object of his affection, Ruth Sawtelle, who is said to be (very) loosely based on aviator Bessie Coleman. 

AfroCAN - Tampa Juneteenth Festival
June 18 | 5 - 9 pm | Cost: $0-75 | Perry Harvey Sr. Park 1000 East Harrison Street Tampa, FL 33602

AfroCAN Fest: the revolutionary summer-time celebration of Black Excellence and Culture returning for the second year.

Juneteenth: A Free Day
June 19 | 10 am - 5 pm | Cost: Free | Tampa Bay History Center: 801 Water Street, Tampa

Freedom finally came on June 19, 1865, when some 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas. The army announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state were free by executive decree. This day came to be known as “Juneteenth” by the newly freed people in Texas. The History Center’s latest permanent exhibit, Travails and Triumphs, chronicles over 500 years of Black history in the Tampa Bay area.