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Garland Juneteenth Celebration

Date: June 19, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Audubon Park - 972-205-3991

Juneteenth Survey

Did you attend the inaugural Garland Juneteenth event? Please take a moment and fill out our survey.

Garland Juneteenth 2022

Garland proudly hosted its inaugural Juneteenth event on June 19, 2022,featuring food, music and the meaning of this important day.

Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for ways to give back to the community? Help out as a Juneteenth Volunteer! Click Here if you are interested.

The City of Garland is proud to host its inaugural Juneteenth event. Bring the whole family for a day of festivities. There will be something for everyone:
  • Dancers
  • Speakers
  • Essay Contest
  • Vendors
  • Live Music from the Buster Brown Band
We are keeping it cool! 🆒
Relax in the shade of the Community Pavilion. There is limited seating so feel free to bring your lawn chairs. ⛱️ You can set up around many of our fans throughout the festival grounds. And don't forget to pack your picnic or purchase from the FOOD TRUCKS. 🍖 (Grills and open flames are not permitted.)

🍧🍧 The first 200 people will receive FREE flavored shaved ice from the Kona Ice truck. Keep an eye out for FREE WATER from vendor booths and the Ice Trailer to help keep you cool.

Live Music: Buster Brown Band

Food Trucks

4M Concession

It's the festival food truck of your dreams! The one with all of your favorites and more, so don't go near it in your tidy white t-shirt.
  • Lemonade
  • Corn Dogs
  • Nachos
  • Funnel Cakes Frito Pie
  • Chili Cheese Nachos

ALL-G's BBQ & Soul

Visit this food truck if you want BBQ & Soul or just want your taste buds to dance a lot. This food truck combines family traditional dishes with a twist of BBQ & Soul. It is home of the loaded BBQ Hash-brown. Bring your bib!
  • Fried Ribs
  • Loaded Fries or Nachos
  • BBQ Brisket Enchiladas
  • Loaded Hashbrowns
  • Sandwiches: Fried Pork chops, Brisket, Smoked Sausage, and Pulled Pork
  • Sides: yams, greens, pinto beans, Mac & Cheese, cornbread

Cajun On The Go

It's Cajun Creole cuisine! It's the food truck where you may find:
  • Crawfish Etouffee
  • Red beans & rice
  • Gumbo
  • Po Boys
Get you something good to eat! Bon Appetit!

Kona Ice North Garland

Treat your taste buds to the most amazingly fine, flavored shaved ice this side of the islands. It's the perfect way to stay cool during our event. The best part? 🍧🍧 The first 200 people will receive FREE flavored shaved ice!
Here are Kona's Top 10 flavors. What's your flavor?
  • Blue Raspberry
  • Tiger's Blood
  • Groovy Grape
  • Island Rush
  • Lucky Lime
  • Monster Mango
  • Ninja Cherry
  • Piña Colada
  • Strawberry'd Treasure
  • Watermelon Wave

Peachy Perfect Food

Bringing the famous corned beef sandwich from Milwaukee to Dallas! The southern home-cooked favorites on the menu:
  • Cajun Seafood Pasta
  • Cajun Fried Catfish
  • Loaded Seafood Fries
  • Loaded Seafood Nachos
  • Cajun Fried Lobster Sandwich
  • Cajun Fried Corn on the Cob
Top it off with some Warm Peach Cobbler and it's all Peachy!! 🍑

Why Celebrating Junetenth is Important

Juneteenth is important, because it reminds us of what we came through and what we can achieve. The reason General Order Number 3 existed and the Union Army fought to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation, is because slavery existed. It's important to remember what we went through and that we were able to get out of the bondage of slavery as a nation. It's an important reminder and it’s important that we understand what it took. It's also important that the Juneteenth holiday survives. It allows each generation to reflect what more there is to do. Juneteenth places Black people at the center of the conversation about freedom, it's meaning and manifestation in this nation.
July 4th is about liberty, but it was an imperfect liberty, because slavery still legally existed in the nation. Both holidays should be acknowledged because they are important moments in our shared history.

We should regularly consider the evolution of the meaning of freedom as we look at certain moments in the nation’s past and present. Someone can deeply appreciate why Juneteenth was important for the Poor People's Campaign. Why Juneteenth is important in relation to the events in relation to the disproportionate and unfair deaths of African Americans. Why Juneteenth is important when we think about enforcing our rights to vote and how we define citizenship in this nation.
Juneteenth should really be a rallying call for all of us to think about the meaning of freedom, particularly regarding African Americans, as well as to the nation and the rest of the world.

Mary Elliott
Curator of American Slavery at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).

Juneteenth: Freedom Comes to Texas

The Texas Historical Commission hosted a discussion that retraces how Freedom was spread in Texas.

Through the Juneteenth holiday, we can begin to really acknowledge and address all of the issues, past and present, tied up in this issue of slavery. It wouldn’t be the Juneteenth holiday itself that would bring about change; it would be the dialogue — creating the consensus around the holiday and the actions taken after the holiday — that would really initiate change. The Juneteenth holiday is just the impetus and enabler of the change that we want to see. The holiday goes a long way in getting people’s, of all ethnicities, minds and spirits in the right place to talk about the change we want.

P.R. Lockhart
Writer and Reporter

I think that Juneteenth is a necessary moment of observation because our government and, to a certain degree, our nation and our culture has not really acknowledged the trauma of 4 million enslaved people and their descendants. It hasn’t acknowledged the impact this institution has had on this country and continues to have on this country. There hasn’t been a national accounting, and I think the Juneteenth holiday is kind of a reminder of that. And it will continue to be a reminder and a haunting until we do. It’s necessary, but it isn’t sufficient in terms of what we need to when it comes to acknowledging this history.

Karlos Hill
Professor of African and African-American studies at the University of Oklahoma and author of Beyond the Rope: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture and Memory.

Source: "Why celebrating Juneteenth is More Important Now than Ever ”; P.R. Lockhart Jun 19, 2018

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