AUGUSTA, Ga. (WFXG) – The Band of Brothers and city of Augusta brought back the Juneteenth Festival Sunday. This year marked the sixth annual event. The Band of Brothers aims to use the festival to raise awareness about Juneteenth, give locals an opportunity to gather together and commemorate emancipation.
Juneteenth is the oldest national celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. Last year, it officially became a federal holiday.
Folks were out celebrating all Sunday afternoon. Gates opened at 12 p.m. and the event was scheduled to continue until 8 p.m. This year, the festivities were held at the Augusta Common. Part of Broad Street was blocked off for vendors from across the CSRA and for the attendees. The free event also featured wellness checks, live performances and inflatables for the kids. Last year, the event was at Daniel Field.