ROUND ROCK, Texas - "The Voice" Inc. and the City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department are joining forces again for the annual free Round Rock Juneteenth Rhythm and Ribs Festival. The event will be held at the Lakeview Pavilion in Old Settlers Park located at 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd. in Round Rock
The festivities begin on Saturday, June 19 at 5:45 p.m. with an Opening Ceremony featuring Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan and the Round Rock City Council.
This year’s lineup features international DJ sensation JAY SHALÉ/DJ SHALÉ, Grammy Award-Winners Eric Bellinger, and Montell Jordan.
- 5:00 pm BBQ Cook-off Winners announced
- 5:45 pm Opening Ceremony
- 6:00 pm Kyle Turner
- 7:00 pm Jay Shale
- 8:00 pm Memphis Train
- 9:30 pm Jay Shale (Music set)
- 10:00 pm Eric Bellinger
- 11:00 pm Montell Jordan
There will also be specialty food and retail vendors. The Round Rock Police Department will be hosting family activities for kids along with the U.S. Armed forces.
Admission is FREE and parking is just $5 per car.
Historically, the celebration falls on June 19th and commemorates the day in 1865 that Texans were told by Union troops that the Civil War had ended and that all slaves were now freed.
Though the Emancipation Proclamation became official on January 1, 1863, there was little impact on the lives of Texans until 1865.
Today, Juneteenth celebrates African American freedom while encouraging self-development and respect for all cultures.