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Celebrate Juneteenth around Richmond
Celebrate Juneteenth all month in the River City.|Photo by Christopher W. Clarke
Juneteenth is Wednesday, June 19, and the Richmond area is celebrating all month long.

Though it has been observed for nearly 150 years, Juneteenth was officially recognized as a federal holiday in 2021. It commemorates the day in 1865 when, two months after the Civil War officially ended, Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth would become a “second independence day” for our country.

The city’s Jubilation in June series will include two 8 p.m. Festival of Arts concerts, one tonight and one on Sunday, June 16. Tomorrow, festivities can be found at Intermediate Terminal starting at 3:30 p.m. featuring rapper Talib Kweli. Pro tip: For easy access to the event, take the Pulse to the Riverfront station.


The 4th annual Juneteenth Jubilee will come to Carytown on June 15.


Photo by RICtoday

A number of celebrations are on the books for tomorrow. In Carytown, the VOWS Foundation will host its fourth annual Juneteenth Jamboree festival, which kicks off with a 5K at 10 a.m.. The festival starts at 12 p.m. and will go until 6 p.m. There will also be a Pop-Up Juneteenth Festival from 1-6 p.m. at 4103 Monument Ave.

Henrico will have a vendor fair, two stages, a kids zone, and fireworks at Dorey Park tomorrow from 4 to 10 p.m. Chesterfield has put together a series of events, including a Juneteenth Day Festival at the county fairgrounds beginning at 3 p.m.

On the day itself, Juneteenth: Freedom Day will take place at St. Peter’s, St. Philip’s, and St. John’s Episcopal Churches in Church Hill from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Lewis Ginter is also offering free admission on Juneteenth.

Mark your calendar for the Juneteenth Pop Up Night Vendor Market at the Perkinson Center for the Arts and Education on Saturday, June 29.
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Friday, June 14
  • “The Dark Knight” | Friday, June 14 | 7 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond | $9 | See the second installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy on the big screen.
Saturday, June 15
  • PopUp RVA | Saturday, June 15 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | The Diamond, 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond | Free entry | Pets are welcome at this rain-or-shine market with 50+ vendors, live music, food, and drinks.
  • Suggesting Rhythm’s 9 Innings | Saturday, June 15 | 7 p.m. | The Broadberry, 2729 W. Broad St., Richmond | $15 | Join the Grateful Dead tribute act for the fourth of nine shows they’re playing at the Broadberry this year.
Sunday, June 16
  • Taproom Bingo | Sunday, June 16 | 1-7 p.m. | Center of the Universe Brewing, 11293 Air Park Rd., Ashland | Cost of purchase | Head to COTU for a high-energy bingo extravaganza in the heart of the brewery.
  • Figures of Freedom Shockoe Bottom Walking Tour | Sunday, June 16 | 2-3:30 p.m. | The Valentine First Freedom Center, 14 S. 14th St., Richmond | $10-$20 | Explore the struggles for freedom that helped shape America during this accessible tour of Shockoe Bottom.
  • Sohil | Sunday, June 16 | 7 p.m. | Gold Lion Community Cafe, 1012 Hull St., Richmond | $10 | Enjoy Indian fusion food and drinks during this performance by the local singer-songwriter.
Monday, June 17
  • Monday Movie Night | Monday, June 17 | 8 p.m. | Pizza Bones, 2314 Jefferson Ave., Richmond | Free | Bring your crew to a screening of “The Sandlot” at the Union Hill pizza place.
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News Notes
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  • The Mayor Meats, a local sausage maker, will take over the space that Carytown Cupcakes is vacating. The location at 3111 W. Cary St. will be a brick-and-mortar outpost for owner Kyle Morse’s pop-up eatery Hots & Brats. (Richmond BizSense)
  • The LockerRoom, the Arts District’s newest vintage shop, is open at 322 W. Broad St. Find sneakers, t-shirts, and more at the store, open seven days a week.
  • VCU Medical Center’s West Hospital should reopen this morning after a burst pipe on the seventh floor shut it down on Wednesday. The seventh floor breach flooded the building and caused enough water damage to move operations all day Thursday. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
  • City human resources officials have recommended an “immediate departmental restructuring” of the Richmond Office of Elections following an internal investigation. The investigation reportedly verified nepotism allegations within the department. None of the allegations deal directly with handling of voting or ballots. (Virginia Mercury)
  • Several types of cancer could be eradicated completely in the next hundred years, according to the director of the VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Robert Winn told an audience at the Science Museum of Virginia that cutting-edge technology — including new vaccines — could help eliminate cancer entirely someday. (VPM)
  • Sensory kits, which contain tools to help manage sensory overload, are now available at all Richmond Public Library locations. Ask at the front desk for one of the kits, which are stocked with items like fidget toys, crayons, and noise-canceling headphones.
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🌳 Richmond’s newest park
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Until now, the site of Dock Street Park has been an empty lot by the river.|Photo via James River Association
In addition to all the Juneteenth celebrations, Dock Street Park — the James River Park System’s newest addition — will open to the public tomorrow.

The city announced that it would acquire and turn the Dock Street property into a public park last year. The four-acre parcel along the James is itself a piece of Richmond’s history. It lies under Libby Hill, where, in 1737, William Byrd II looked out over the James and noticed how similar it looked to the stretch of the Thames River in Richmond, England — giving our city its name.

The park’s opening also represents another step towards opening a new stretch of the Virginia Capital Trail, currently on track to happen in July.

Dock Street Park will offer walking trails through lush native vegetation and direct access to the river. It’s adjacent to the James River Association’s new river education center, also slated to open this summer.
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