Vicksburg awoke to a historic Juneteenth on Saturday as the community came together in celebration for the first Juneteenth celebration as a recognized federal holiday. The event is ongoing until 7 p.m. Saturday at the Vicksburg City Park and Pavilion at 100 Army Navy Drive.
The festival was preluded by DJ Country Que before officially starting to the sounds of the drum roll.
Many people came out to celebrate the opening, packing the area with vehicles and joining the community in celebration. Notable figures such as State Rep. Oscar Denton, founder of the Vicksburg Juneteenth event, Ezell McDonald and many other pillars of the community were present and showing their unwavering support.
There is plenty of fun to be had for the children as well. Various activities have been provided to keep everyone of any age entertained.
Despite the possibility for rainy weather, no spirits have been dampened. The celebration has brought out the community in the best way possible.
The celebration will continue until 7 p.m. Saturday, so if you haven’t already, head to the City Pavilion and experience all the festival has to offer.