JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The newest federal holiday kicked off with a couple of Juneteenth celebrations across the capital city today.
The ceremony began with a welcoming event explaining why Juneteenth is celebrated followed by prayer and a solo of ‘Lift every voice and sing,’ which led to a march around the JSU Plaza.
After the march, there was a celebration with music and snow cones for all the students, teachers, and staff.
At the Jackson Convention Complex was the Juneteenth fireworks extravaganza from 7-9pm. There were clothes and food vendors, music, and bouncy houses.
This event was scheduled for Saturday but because of potential bad weather it was moved to Friday.