Juneteenth Celebration


The Cobb County branch of the NAACP is hosting the annual Marietta Juneteenth Celebration at historic Marietta Square. The Juneteenth Celebration is a cultural festival that celebrates Juneteenth, the name given to the date June 19, 1865 commemorating the date that the last United States slaves were freed.

The celebration features music, entertainment, food, vendors, moonwalks, history, giveaways, voter registration and fun activities for the whole family.

Friday, June 13, 2014 from 6pm to 11pm
Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 10am to 7pm
Sunday, June 15, 2014 from 3pm to 6pm

Historic Marietta Square and Glover Park in downtown Marietta
50 Park Square
Marietta, GA 30060


From Atlanta, take 1-75 North to exit 263. Follow (West Bound) to Marietta. This road will become South Marietta Parkway 120 S Loop. Follow west about five miles to Atlanta Street. Turn right. Marietta Square is two blocks ahead.

For more information, please call (770) 425-5757 or visit CobbNAACP.org

About Juneteenth
Though the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863, it had minimal immediate effect on most slaves’ day-to-day lives, particularly in Texas, which was almost entirely under Confederate control. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its slaves.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juneteenth

About The NAACP
The NAACP, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is the oldest, largest and strongest Civil Rights Organization in the United States. The principal objective of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of the United States. The NAACP was formed in 1909 in New York City by a group of black and white citizens committed to helping to right social injustices. The NAACP is a network of more than 2,200 branches covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Japan and Germany.
Source: http://cobbnaacp.org/aboutus.htm


  1. AnnA says

    At the moment I’m staying here with my daughter who has been living in Marietta for three weeks now. I live in the Netherlands with my husband.
    I read the article in the East Cobb Neighbor. Compliments to Ms Deane Bonner and Cobb NAACP for this Juneteenth event. I am interested in history and found good information on your site about date and why Juneteenth and the end of slavery in the U.S.A. We will be there too.

  2. Holly says

    I went to this event some years ago. It was a nice put together. I will be bring my father to the event this year!!!

  3. Tertullian says

    I am a long time supporter of the NAACP, attending leadership conferences and serving in the legal redress clinic in Houston in the mid 1990. I am attending the event today in an effort to reconnect. I am a recently called pastor to a local church in Powders Spring, GA.

  4. Rhett says

    I would’ve thought Marietta was one of the last places to host a celebration, but I’m VERY glad you’re doing it. I’m disappointed in the City of Atlanta not having one. I found out about the Marietta celebration last year, but didn’t make it over. I’ll definitely be there this year!!! :-)

  5. Stanley Muhammad says

    I’m very proud of the Cobb County NAACP for celebrating Juneteenth and Honoring our Ancestors! The College Park Study Group is hosting, an Junteenth/Honoring our Fathers Celebration, on Sunday June 19, 2011 from 2pm-6pm, in College Park, Ga. @ The College Park Housing Authority Property 2000 Princeton College Park, Ga. 30337; College View Apartments @ Freeman court. Free food, Free entertainment, spoken words, family friendly atmosphere, and a keynote address by, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’ s Student Minister, Bro. Stanley Muhammad! For more infomation or sponsorship donations call 404.435.7856 or 404.232.5818 email: collegeparkstudygroup@yahoo.com

  6. apple says

    I am taken aback and honestly to say that I am proud would be an understatement. Juneteenth on Marietta Square, WOW! Times are-a-changing :)) Now I only remember siting in the Gazebo on Marietta Square, attending KKK rallies, then crossing over the tracks to eat at the Waffle House ;0 “WHAT GOD HAS JOINED TOGETHER LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER!” What a “marriage” in history……is that hotdog shop still on the corner of Marietta Square? They had the best shoestring french fries….

  7. EST says

    The Juneteenth concert was a HUGE disappointment. Guess we are still not free….we are certainly not free to run a solid, quality event. The singer who sang the Black National Anthem, ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ didn’t even know the words! Then there was an endless parade of sub-standard performers. And when there was finally a glimmer of hope that the entertainment was improving…when the dance area was packed with dancers…and people were jamming with Ultimate Sound, the sound man pulled the plug in the middle of the performance.

    Whoever chose JP Sound, made a big mistake. Since when does a sound man get to insert himself into an event? And especially when he never got the sound right on half the groups and definitely not on Ultimate Sound. I’m convinced JP Sound couldn’t even mix sound in my bathroom shower!

    This was my first Juneteenth concert. It’s sad that we are still not emancipated from mediocrity! Come on NAACP, you got to do better!

  8. Jerry Washington says

    Juneteenth is an important event in our country, marking the official end of slavery. However, we all know it too another hundred to make it work. The Klan reared it’s ugly head in the early 1900s.
    Many blacks were killed along the way. Jim crow laws were enacted to make black life even worst than before. M edgar Everson, EnmittTill, many nameless people were hung, raped, and brutalized along the way. Juneteenth is just the beginning. .
    Where do we go from here?

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