Honoring Juneteenth in Orlando with Meaningful Celebrations

Three short years ago in 2021, Juneteenth became recognized as a federal holiday in the United States, but it’s been celebrated for over 150 years to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in our country.

Flag with a red, black and green stripe that reads "Juneteenth," "Celebrate Freedom," and "June 19."
USAG- Humphreys, CC BY 2.0 DEED, via Flickr

Orlando has a rich African American history. The city was the first to elect an African American woman to city council and member of the county commission. South Street Casino, next to the Wellsbuilt Hotel, was a popular club back in the day that hosted famous musicians such as B.B. King and Ella Fitzgerald. Famous author Zora Neale Hurston, born in Alabama, lived and loved her town of Eatonville (north of Orlando) that she later claimed to be born there.

There’s much to uncover and celebrate regarding Black culture and history in Orlando. That’s why Juneteenth means so much and is celebrated as it is. We hope to see you at one of these meaningful events.

SMB Entertainment and TGMF 4th Annual Juneteenth Freedom Walk

Rise, shine, and celebrate freedom and unity at the fourth annual Juneteenth Freedom Walk hosted by SMB Entertainment and TGMF at Lake Lorna Doone Park outside the Camping World Stadium.

People marching in a Juneteenth walk carrying red, black, and green flags.

Embark on this 1.9-mile trek through West Lakes on June 15, 2024, at 7:30 a.m. Registration costs $35 for adults, $15 for children ages 6 through 12, and free for kids 5 and under.

Kissimmee Juneteenth Festival

Make your way to the Kissimmee Civic Center for an exciting Juneteenth celebration filled with community, culture, and plenty of fun for the family. Vendors at this event are chosen for their relevancy to the Juneteenth celebration, so you’re sure to find meaningful food and gifts. Celebrate at the Kissimmee Juneteenth Festival.

The 2nd Annual Central Florida Juneteenth Celebration and Fireworks Show

Fireworks are one of the best ways to celebrate independence, making this Juneteenth event the perfect place to celebrate with a bang. The Second Annual Central Florida Juneteenth Celebration takes place in Maitland and is set to have live music, delicious food, local artists, and lots of fun.

Come honor African American heritage and culture on June 15, 2024, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Central Florida Juneteenth Gala (Wakandan Style)

If you’re in Maitland for the Juneteenth fireworks show, here’s another event nearby. We hope you’re ready to groove, because this celebration is sure to make you want to bust a move. This Wakandan Style Central Florida Juneteenth Gala will be a night of good music, sensational food, and a strong community.

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 15, 2024, you can celebrate Juneteenth Wakanda Style. Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased online.

Eatonville Juneteenth Celebration Week

Celebrate Juneteenth in Central Florida’s heart of Black history: Eatonville. Located 6 miles north of Orlando is the oldest self-governing all-Black municipality in the United States, and it’s celebrating Juneteenth the right way.

The week of Juneteenth, there will be a different themed event to bring the community closer.

  • June 14 - Youth Day
  • June 15 - Juneteenth Festival
  • June 16 - Father’s Day Fishing with Fathers Event
  • June 17 - Senior Citizens Day
  • June 18 - Virtual Journey Towards Freedom Event

Details for Emancipation Day are still in the works. Everything you need to celebrate Juneteenth in Eatonville can be found online.

Enjoy a Stay at Rosen Inn Lake Buena Vista

The key to a successful Juneteenth celebration is staying at a great hotel like Rosen Inn Lake Buena Vista. Our hotel is next to Interstate 4, ensuring you waste no time getting to these celebrations quickly and efficiently. Enjoy family-friendly on-site amenities, affordable rates, and a spectacular stay when you choose our hotel for your Orlando vacation.