Wednesday, June 19, is the national Juneteenth holiday, commemorating the official end of slavery in the United States, in 1865. President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law in 2021.

Here are the public, family-friendly events celebrating Juneteenth, starting today (Saturday, June 15) through Wednesday.

Events are free, unless specified.

Jazz organist Shawn Brown, funk vocalist Siobhan Monique and the rhythm ‘n’ blues-infused Beat Down Band will provide the music for the Phyllis Wheatley Rise to Read Campaign’s Juneteenth Music Festival, today (4 to 9 p.m.) at Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Drive in St. Petersburg. There will be local food and vendors.

The festival includes activities for children including a playground, face painting, a hockey shooting rink hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and more.

Tickets are available here; children up to age 12 are admitted free.

The Good Stock Out of St. Pete’s Juneteenth Festival Sunday at Williams Park. Photo provided.

Today at Tropicana Field, Lot 1 from 4 to 8 p.m.: The Saturday Shoppes Freedom Fest, a family-friendly event with live music, vendors, raffles, giveaways and more.

ROC the Block’s 4th annual Juneteenth-weekend takeover of Raymond James Stadium (in Tampa) starts at 2:30 p.m. today. The all-day Juneteenth Festival includes continuous live music, more than 20 food vendors and 50 retailers, a kids’ zone, fireworks at dusk and more.

At the Tampa Museum of Art, the annual Juneteenth Cultural Celebration – with art, music and dance – is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today.

Dunedin’s Pioneer Park plays host to the city’s annual Juneteenth Celebration, from 5 to 8 p.m. today, with live music and vendors.

Sunday brings a Gospel Fest (and Soul Food Picnic), open to the public, at Bethel Community Baptist Church, 2901 54th Avenue S. (an offering will be collected). Party of the Phyllis Wheatley Rise to Read Campaign.

The nonprofit Tables of Purpose, Inc. – via its “Good Stock Out of St. Pete” movement –  has a Juneteenth Festival planned for Williams Park Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. According to the organization’s website, it’s “to honor natives of St. Petersburg who were educated and reared in the city but have gone out into the world in various career paths and have found successes that bring light and notability to the city of St. Petersburg.”

In Tampa, the Straz Center for the Performing Arts’ Arts Legacy Remix series continues with a public event Monday, 7:30 to 9 p.m.: “Spoken remembrances, writings of historical importance and an original performance of music, poetry and dance created especially for this commemoration.”

Banyan Tree Project’s Juneteenth Gospel Fest takes place 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the Deuces Corner Bandshell, 9th Avenue and 22nd St. South in St. Pete.

Sunday’s Jazzy Jubilee, the Woodson African American Museum’s annual “all-white party” at the St. Petersburg Coliseum, is sold out.

Gospel music scholar Dr. Kevin B. Parrott, who’s also Minister of Music for the Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, oversees Wednesday’s gospel workshop and history lesson The Shout! at the Warehouse Arts District’s Art Xchange campus. Dr., a renowned, for a dynamic journey into the heart and soul of gospel music. Click here for tickets and additional information.