HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Huntsville’s Juneteenth Festival brought hundreds of community members together to celebrate a day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

The city partnered with Amazon to host the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration at Big Spring Park. “Huntsville is growing more in diversity so we need to be able to celebrate everyone and to celebrate us as black people, it is amazing,” said Rosemary Jordan from Huntsville.

Juneteenth, celebrated on the 19th day each June recognizes the freedoms African Americans obtained over 150 years ago. Huntsville hosted the event early this year.

The celebration featured special exhibits by Huntsville Revisited Museum displays that highlighted the role black leaders of the past played in the community.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says events like this are what makes the Rocket City special.

“Tonight is one of the great things about Huntsville, time and time again the community gives back for the unity of our area, this is part of what makes Huntsville great,” Battle said.

From fun activities for children to good music and community, people united to celebrate black independence. Manna House also gave away 1500 free meals, something organizers like Tron Hunter with Amazon say is a big part of supporting those in need.

“This is why we wanted to come to the heart of the city at Big Spring Park so we can get everyone together in the center of the city, free to the public so we could have a great time in a family fun environment,” Hunter said.

Jordan says she’s thrilled to see the city recognizing the holiday.

“I think of my grandpa and I think of my grandma and aunties that have gone on and I think of what’s transpired when they were in Huntsville,” Jordan said. “If they could see this today it would just blow their minds, I think we’ve come a long way and I love it.”

Four African-American community members including Jordan were also honored for the services they’ve provided to the city of Huntsville.

Community members say they’re looking forward to more people attending the event next year to recognize a day that’s about highlighting black independence.