SWLA Center For Health Services proudly presents the 2022 Juneteenth Festival June 16 through June 19 in Lake Charles. There are a host of events taking place all weekend and this is a celebration everyone is evented to attend. The annual holiday marks the day the last remaining slaves in Galveston, Texas were notified that President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation into law and abolished slavery. Learning of their freedom June 19, 1865, the Juneteenth celebration was born. For the past 157 years cities and states across the nation have held various events commemorating the day of freedom.

On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday. Sunday June 19 is Juneteenth Day (Father's Day) and Monday June 20 the Juneteenth federal holiday is observed. Come out and enjoy the Lake Charles schedule of events starting with Thursday June 16, 2022 and the official festival jumps-off with the Black Excellence Awards Banquet. This year 5 individuals will be honored for their accomplishments is community service, justice, education, healthcare, and music. This sold-out event will take place in Downtown Lake Charles Calcasieu Marine Bank followed by a full weekend of festivities.

For a complete list of events, dates and times, see the 2022 Juneteenth Festival Flyer below:

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For tickets to An Evening at The Cotton Club featuring Jarvis Jacob and The Gents and Leah NiCollette, click HERE. For more info about other 2022 Juneteenth events or the services and resources available to the public at SWLA Center for Health Services go to swlahealth.org

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