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Celebrating Juneteenth 2023 in Gaston County: Embracing Unity and Inclusion

Updated: May 29


Juneteenth in Bessemer City at Centennial Park
Celebrating Juneteenth in Bessemer City at Centennial Park

Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, holds great significance as a time for equity and inclusion. In Gaston County, this year's Juneteenth celebrations will once again showcase the county's commitment to diversity and unity.


Unity Blaze in Gaston County

We proudly display the Unity Blaze emblem welcoming and inviting everyone to join in the festivities and experience its outdoor beauty and attractions.


The Unity Blaze emblem symbolizes its dedication to treating everyone equally, regardless of race, age, or gender. Embrace the spirit of Juneteenth by attending these incredible events throughout the county while enjoying Gaston County's natural beauty and outdoor attractions. Remember, the Unity Blaze signifies that you are invited and welcomed on this special day and every day of the year.


 

Let's explore the five exciting events happening in Gaston County for Juneteenth 2023, where everyone is welcomed and included.


Juneteenth at Centennial Park in Bessemer City

On Friday, June 16th, 2023, the City of Bessemer City will host the 5th Annual Juneteenth Festival. Join the community from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM for an evening filled with live music, dancing, entertainment, food, and activities for children. This festival offers a fantastic opportunity to connect with people while celebrating the spirit of Juneteenth.

Gastonia EbonyFest Juneteenth Festival at Rotary Island Pavilion

From June 17th to 19th, Gastonia invites everyone to join the vibrant celebrations at the EbonyFest Juneteenth Festival held at the Rotary Island Pavilion. The three-day event promises a plethora of family-friendly activities and entertainment. Highlights include a Health & Wellness Fair, Barber Shop Wrap Session, a parade, fireworks, live performances, food trucks, vendors, and a kids' corner. Embrace the energy and joy of the festival while supporting black businesses and building connections within the community.


Belmont Juneteenth Celebration at Stowe Park

On June 17th, from 2:00 PM to 9:30 PM, the Elements of Empowerment, Inc. will bring the Belmont Juneteenth Celebration to Stowe Park in Historic Downtown Belmont. Immerse yourself in the 12th annual event, which features a harmonious blend of music, art, and culture. The celebration culminates with a finale concert from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, promising unforgettable entertainment.


Juneteenth Celebration at Cherryville's Downtown Mini Park

Join the Juneteenth Celebration in Cherryville's Downtown Mini Park on June 17th, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. This federal holiday commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans and presents an opportunity to revel in entertainment and savor delicious food from local vendors. Experience the vibrant atmosphere and celebrate freedom and progress.


The Journey and Works of Charlotte McClee at the African American Museum

On Juneteenth, June 17th, visit the African American Museum in Gaston County to honor the journey and works of Charlotte McClee. This celebration pays tribute to an influential figure who has significantly contributed to the community. Explore the exhibits, engage with the rich history, and appreciate the achievements of African Americans.


 

Gaston County invites everyone to GET OUTDOORS celebrate Juneteenth 2023 with open arms and a commitment to unity and inclusivity.

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