LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Juneteenth celebrations are happening all across the state this week. Many people coming together to celebrate the holiday Wednesday in a variety of ways at the Lyric Theater and Cultural Arts Center in Lexington.

Juneteenth became a federally recognized holiday in 2021. It marks the day in 1865 when the last enslaved people in Texas learned they were free, nearly two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

“We fought for this for some time, so for us to actually to be able to witness it and live it, it is a pretty special experience,” said one attendee.

More than 20 vendors led off the celebration, featuring their food and artwork. One woman showed her passion through earrings.

“The love, the unity, I love the sisterhood and the support of one another. It’s just nice to get out among one another and show love, that’s what it’s all about,” she said.

Just a few feet away, a man was selling his unique art of broken glass bottle canvas. He said it started with him and his sister wanting to be different.

“With this, it’s very relaxing, I get to break glass and then peacefully put it back together and make it something beautiful,” he explained.

Community talent took the stage to perform, and the audience cheered on those on the stage while learning black history. Community officials were also recognized for their service.


“We are a pot of stew, we all maintain our differences but we share the same juices and those juices can never be separated, so we are here to show that we are an amazing country when we all come together,” said Christian Adair, executive director at the Lyric Theater and Cultural Arts Center.