Juneteenth Celebration

Making History as we Celebrate History!

The Zebulon Juneteenth Celebration will recognize the significance of Juneteenth, recognize the history and accomplishments of black community members, and celebrate the culture. All are welcome to attend. Join us for a day of family fun, connecting with community, and learning. The event will feature a ceremony, live performances, spoken word, bounce houses, vendors, car show, community resources and food trucks.  This event is organized in partnership with the Zebulon Juneteenth Committee. 

Kick-off Concert at the Spring Concert Series 

Friday, June 16th 

Zebulon Municipal Complex

What to expect: Concert, craft vendors, and food trucks

 Scheduled Activities:

6 PM                                               Grounds Open

6:30 PM                                        Legacy Motown Revue (set 1)

7:30 PM                                       Juneteenth charge by President DeRico, NAACP

8PM-9PM                                   Legacy Motown Revue (set 2) 


Juneteenth Community Celebration Day 

Saturday, June 17th 

Zebulon Municipal Complex

10AM- 4PM

What to expect: Live performances, spoken word, car show, bounce houses, vendors, community resources and food trucks. DJD will keep music going and the event moving so bring your dancing feet. 

 Scheduled Activities:

10AM - 11:5 AM                      Juneteenth Ceremony 

11:15 AM- Noon                      Music by Leon Smith

11:30 AM-12:30 PM             Panthers U Football Clinic (Ages 6-13)

Noon                                               Juneteenth History presented by local youth

12:15 PM                                     James E. Shepard Alumni & NCCU Fraternity/Sorority Greek Organization

1 PM                                               Hillside Highschool Drama Department performing a piece on Social Justice 

1:30-2:15 PM                           Changin' Lanez Car Club Ride In & Show 

2:00-2:30 PM                           AG Thomas

2:45 PM- 3 PM                        Young Stretch (Vermond Holland) 


*Please note this schedule is subject to change.  

Getting Involved

Juneteenth Committee

The planning of this event has included community members, volunteers, and organizations seeking to create a Juneteenth event that recognizes and celebrates Juneteenth, local black citizens and their achievements, and culture. 

Thank you to the following committee members:

  • Gloria Whitehurst, A&G Advocates
  • Annie Jean Moore, MLK & Juneteenth Committee
  • Dr. Laura Johnson, MLK & Juneteenth Committee
  • Narcisa B. Johnson
  • Amber Davis
  • Lisa Roose
  • Bonita Dunn
  • EnJanet Joseph, Northeast Community Coalition
  • Wendi Watson, Empowered Citizens
  • Emma Snelling, MLK & Juneteenth Committee
  • Latonya McCabe
  • Sophia Williams, Making Kids Dreams
  • Sheila Long, Zebulon Parks & Recreation

If you are interested in joining the committee or would like to contact the committee, please email zebulonjuneteenth@gmail.com.


About Juneteenth

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared a formal end to slavery in the United States. However, change was not instant after the proclamation. Nearly, two and a half years later, on June 19th, 1865, the enslaved African Americans of Galveston, Texas got the news by way of the Union Army troops that freedom had come at last. 

The next year, the people of Galveston commemorated that day as Juneteenth, a celebration of freedom. Since then, it's been observed in communities and states as a holiday, but officially recognized as a federal holiday in 2021.

Juneteenth is also known by some as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day. 

Partners & Presenters

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     witek new.png  James E. Shepard School Alumni Association
Amy Hayden
Recreation Manager
Nick Rummage
Parks Manager/Athletic Coordinator
Sheila Long
Parks & Recreation Director