“Juneteenth is the oldest national celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States,” said Deane Bonner, president of Cobb County Branch of the NAACP since 1997.
What started out 10 years ago as a celebration with 300 people in attendance has grown to an anticipated 15,000 attending the rain or shine festival.
“Juneteenth has evolved into a wonderful event,” Bonner said.
The celebration features an array of booths, giveaways and entertainment such as music, dancing, speeches and bounce houses. Vendors will offer goods and food for sale. WellStar and the Cobb County Board of Elections will also be present.
“There is something for everybody,” she said.
“It’s a great partnership of community involvement. It’s very cohesive and inclusive and very diverse. It’s a great opportunity for young folks to showcase their talent,” Bonner said.
Juneteenth is a positive community-building event.
“It’s a win-win for the city. If you haven’t been you should come to enjoy the fellowship. You need to come because it will be a lot of fun, a day of adventure,” Bonner said.
Kick off is today with a smooth jazz, rhythm and blues, spoken word concert in Glover Park under the stars from 7 to 11 p.m.
Glove Park is at 50 Park Square in Marietta.
Learn more at www.cobbnaacp.org or call (770) 425-5757.