Juneteenth is an important holiday in Bastrop. Also known as Freedom Day, it celebrates the day 250,000 enslaved Black people were freed in Texas on June 19, 1865. Although the Emancipation Proclamation became effective in 1863, some former Confederate states didn’t comply until years later. On that day in June, Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas and Union General Gordon Granger announced that by executive decree all slaves were freed in the state.
We’re going all out on our Bastrop Juneteenth Celebration with a dinner and dance, block party, parade and car, truck and motorcycle show. From a 5-star resort and luxury yurts to cozy cabins and a Victorian B&B, there are also lots of places to rest and recharge for the next event here. Read on for details on one of the best Juneteenth celebrations in Texas:
Join us on Friday, June 17, for our Juneteenth Celebration Dinner and Dance right here at the Bastrop Convention Center at 6pm. We’ll be honoring former and current leaders, life-time supporters, and African-American history and culture in Bastrop. Your ticket includes dinner and several performances including a performance by the African-American cast of Crowns, a Bastrop Opera House production. There will also be a DJ and dancing with Austin’s DJ Crash.
The following day, Saturday, June 18, come out to Downtown Bastrop, at 7pm and bring the kids. We’ll be throwing a Juneteenth Block Party with games and great food from Downtown Bastrop businesses. DJ Crash will be there too, so there will be lots of great dancing.
Also on June 18th, head over to the Bastrop Convention Center for the Blue Flame Cruisers Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show. It’s a great time for the everyone with great vendors, food, games for the kids and of course, tons of cool cars, trucks and motorcycles to check out.
This is a parade you can watch or get in on if you like. It’s on Saturday, June 18th. On-site registration will take place at the corner of Hill and Cedar Streets from 7:30am – 9:30am. There’ll be judging and ribbons awarded, so be prepared to bring it. Basic ground rules cover things like no throwing things at people (handing things out is ok), no alcohol, no glass containers and ATVs have to have adult supervision of someone 21 or older. In other words, it’ll be a big Bastrop, Texas good time and we are all in.
Proud to Be Free in Bastrop
Juneteenth is an important holiday for all of us and we’re thrilled to celebrate it. We hope to see you there. Plan your visit to Bastrop today! Be sure to get on our email list as well, for the latest Bastrop happenings.