Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people on June 19, 1865. The event also celebrates African-American culture, food and music.
The celebration kicks off June 17, with Black Food Truck Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Bluffton Eagle’s Field, off Bluffton Parkway. Admission is free, though 10 food truck vendors will be selling food and beverages. Music is provided by DJ T-Grams.
Included is a Spades tournament and cornhole tournament. Registration is $50 per team, with a $500 first prize up for grabs. Register at BlufftonMLK.org.
The festivities continue from 4 to 10 p.m. June 18 with another family friendly festival at Burnt Church Distillery on May River Road. Live entertainment features the Promise Land Band, one of South Carolina’s most popular musical sensations.
A variety of vendors will offer Gullah wares for sale, along with food, beverages, food trucks and fun.
Admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Shuttles will be provided from and to the Red Cedar Elementary School parking lot starting at 3:30 p.m.
The second annual Juneteenth Father’s Day Jazz Brunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 19, also at Burnt Church Distillery.
The Promise Land Band will perform for this event as well.
Tickets are $75 and will include a catered buffet from Melly Mel’s, a mimosa bar, and dessert bar. A cash bar will be available.
Guests are encouraged to include hues of blue in their attire for the event.
Sponsors for the festival include Burnt Church Distillery, South Atlantic Bank, Shoreline Construction, Ward Edwards Engineering, Mikkelson Law Firm, Business on Purpose, the Bluffton MLK Committee, and the Town of Bluffton.
For tickets and more information, visit blufftonMLK.org.