Fountain City gears up for Juneteenth celebrations

Fountain City gears up for Juneteenth celebrations

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) – Monday marked three years since President Joe Biden signed a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday.

This will be the third anniversary of the Juneteenth Jubilee at the Columbus Civic Center to help educate and inform the community about the end of slavery in the United states.

Anyone looking to get an early start on celebrating the holiday can check out events lined up throughout the week and into the weekend. Civic Center employees say the events are all educational and there is something for everyone to enjoy.

“The Juneteenth celebration here in the city, this is the third year that we’ve done it…it is a collaboration between lots of entities here in the community,” said Oz Roberts, co-chair of Juneteenth celebrations.

“This week, we have an amazing lineup of events,” said Kanise Wiggins, assistant director of Columbus Civic Center. “So, tomorrow we will be doing the historic bike ride and we also have the Juneteenth Jubilee block party and parade.”

Wiggins says last year’s jubilee had over 3,000 people in attendance during the day. She wants those who will attend the events this week to learn about the history of Columbus as well as Juneteenth.

“We have so many events that will teach people more about the importance of Juneteenth and also just come out for celebration and enrich culture,” Wiggins added.

One of the many events taking place this week is the historic bike ride, hosted by Bicycle Columbus president John Jackson.

Jackson says they will be going on a bike ride through uptown Columbus and will make frequent stops at various locations to educate those in attendance.

“We’re going to be going to places like the Liberty Theatre, Ma Rainey’s House, and at each stop, we’re gonna have volunteers working with AFLAC,” Jackson said. “They’ve got volunteers at each of the sites that are going to meet us and then tell us about what the site is.”

“We want the community to come out and celebrate with us to learn, to experience the fun that we have,” said Roberts. “All of the events that we got are really really fun and diverse events.”

Tuesday’s bike ride will be followed by a block party and a night parade in celebration of Juneteenth.

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