NEWPORT NEWS — The city’s Juneteenth Freedom Festival will return next weekend.
From noon until 4 p.m. on June 16 at Brooks Crossing, The Downtown Newport News Merchants and Neighbors Association Inc. will celebrate the end of slavery in the United States.
Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation from slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865.
The event is free, open to the public and vendors will be on hand selling food.
The festival offers African-American historical and cultural information as well as entertainment, according to a news release from the city.
In year’s past, the event has included local artists from jazz, R&B, mime performances, a steel orchestra band, gospel and a variety of dance.