For Immediate Release
June 15, 2022
City gearing up for Juneteenth Celebration
(Jackson, Miss.) – The City of Jackson is gearing up for an epic celebration of Juneteenth.
The Juneteenth Celebration will include live music, food vendors, a Kid Zone featuring cardinal games by local churches and community outreach. Gospel rap artist Condo Bo will begin the live music performances at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Time to Move Band, Epic Funk Brass Band and artist Stephanie Luckett. The fireworks display will begin after Luckett’s performance.
WHAT: Juneteenth Celebration/Fireworks Display
WHEN: Friday, June 17 (6 p.m. – until dusk)
WHO: City of Jackson Parks and Recreation
WHERE: Jackson Convention Complex, 105 E. Pascagoula St.
On Saturday, the City will host a 3 on 3 Juneteenth basketball tournament named “Peace in the Streets – Think Twice and Save a Life.” The first 30 teams (up to four players) are free of charge. Players and teams can sign up at 601-960-0471. The tournament is sponsored by M-Bar.
WHAT: 3 on 3 Juneteenth Basketball Tournament
WHEN: Saturday, June 18 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
WHO: City of Jackson Parks and Recreation Department
WHERE: Pascagoula Street (Next to City Hall)
The U.S. Congress established June 19, or Juneteenth, as a national holiday in 2021. The holiday commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
There will be fireworks for Fourth of July
The City has also secured outside funding for the Fourth of July fireworks celebration to ensure the annual event for Jackson residents and families will continue as it has for years. On Wednesday, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department announced it had obtained the necessary funding to put on the “Safe Summer Firework Extravaganza” to celebrate Independence Day. The effort was funded by 11 sponsors. Dharma Professional Services will again partner with the City to put on the event.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, July 2 at Smith Wills Stadium. The City will release additional details as the event nears.