Celebrate Juneteenth in Virginia Beach


Juneteenth is a national holiday to celebrate and reflect upon the rich history and culture of African Americans. It commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, making it a significant milestone in our nation's journey toward equality. By acknowledging and honoring Juneteenth, we recognize the struggles and resilience of those who came before us and reaffirm our commitment to justice and freedom for all.

Juneteenth is also a time to educate ourselves about the past, work toward a future where everyone is treated with dignity and respect and to come together as a community. Some ways to honor Juneteenth in Virginia Beach include participating in community events, supporting black-owned businesses in the area and by exploring the ViBe Creative District, the city’s hub for arts and culture.

Below are some events in Virginia Beach as well as nearby Norfolk (just a 20-minute drive from Virginia Beach), where you can take part in a variety of community activities.

Juneteenth Events in Virginia Beach

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Juneteenth at the Beach

Virginia Beach Oceanfront

June 15th, 16th, and 19th

Virginia Beach is gearing up for Juneteenth at the Beach on the Oceanfront, which will feature events for the entire community, from parades and concerts to educational workshops and art exhibitions. The city is partnering with local organizations, businesses and artists to create a memorable experience that will entertain and educate residents and visitors about the significance of Juneteenth.


Highlights will include a historical reenactment that takes participants back in time to experience the struggles and triumphs of those who fought for freedom. There will also be live performances showcasing African American culture including music, dance and spoken word. Be sure to check our events page for the latest dates and times.


Virginia Beach is committed to ensuring that Juneteenth celebrations are inclusive and accessible to all community members. There will be activities specifically designed for families, as well as accommodations for individuals with disabilities.


Jubilee Run 5k and 1 Miler

Virginia Beach Oceanfront

June 16th


The Tidewater Striders Present the Inaugural Jubilee Run to Celebrate Juneteenth! Join us for the Jubilee 5K & the Jubilee 1 Miler as we celebrate Freedom & Equality with a Fun Family event on the Boardwalk. This is a 1 mile and 5k out-and-back course on the boardwalk starting at 24th street with the turnaround point at 17th street for the mile and 2nd street for the 5k.  Both races finish back at 24th Street.

Juneteenth Events in Norfolk

Juneteenth in the Park

Town Point Park

June 15, 12 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

The 4th Annual Juneteenth in the Park is free and open to the public and will feature various activities on topics from education and healthy living to financial literacy. There will also be career development opportunities, music, health and wellness sessions and more.

Juneteenth Community Celebration

Ingleside Field

June 15, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Come join Helping Hands Resource, Inc. & Empowering Youth 20/20 for a fantastic day of fun, music and togetherness at the Norfolk Ingleside Recreation. At the Juneteenth Community Celebration, you can celebrate African American culture with live music, food vendors and activities for all ages.


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