LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Juneteenth flags and banners were raised on Main Street and Legacy Trail in Lexington on Monday.

Along with a weekend full of events, the city will be lit up in celebration of the holiday. The City Center, Central Bank Building, LexPark garages and pedways, Rupp Arena, Transylvania University, Triangle Park, and the University of Kentucky will all light up their buildings and structures and display digital signage promoting the holiday.

Earlier this week, Mayor Linda Gorton said she was excited for the city’s first opportunity to celebrate the holiday accordingly.

“This is our first opportunity to really celebrate Juneteenth as a national holiday, and thanks to people in the community, we’re going to have a great celebration,” Gorton said.

Various events are planned to celebrate the holiday, the schedule is as follows:

Saturday, June 18

  • Soulteenth
    • Presented by: SoulFeast Week
    • Moondance Amphitheater – 1152 Monarch St.
    • Noon – 7 p.m.
  • Juneteenth Jubilee
    • Presented by: African Cemetery No. 2
    • African Cemetery No. 2 – 419 E. Seventh St.
    • 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 19

  • Juneteenth Festival
    • Presented by: Kentucky U.S. Freedmen Coalition
    • Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden – 577 E. Third St.
    • 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Juneteenth Celebration
    • Presented by: Wiseguys Barbershop & Georgetown St. Neighborhood Assoc.
    • Douglass Park – 726 Georgetown St.
    • 5 – 9 p.m.
  • Juneteenth Independence Day Celebration: Affrilachian Poets Literary Event
    • Presented by: Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center
    • Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center – 300 E. Third St.
    • 7 p.m.

Mayor Gorton said she is excited for the city’s first opportunity to celebrate the holiday accordingly.