Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States and is celebrated annually on June 19th. Also known as Freedom Day or Juneteenth Independence Day, it is a federal holiday that recognizes the history and culture of African Americans.
The holiday is a time to reflect on the Emancipation Proclamation, the struggles of African Americans throughout history, and the contributions of black-owned businesses to American society.
In this article, we’ll explore some exciting games to play on Juneteenth in celebration of freedom, our freedom, while not forgetting the black experiences that have led to today.
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A fun way to celebrate Juneteenth is by playing a trivia game that tests your knowledge of the history of Juneteenth and black culture.
If you’re really in it to win it, add on a fun challenge and make it a competition among your friends and family by creating the game on online platforms like Kahoot or purchasing an Etsy Juneteenth game (linked below). Make it a trivia event to remember.
Juneteenth Color Match
In this Juneteenth celebration game, participants dress up in the flag’s colors – red, green, and black. The game involves a series of challenges that test their knowledge of Juneteenth and African American rich history.
For example, the host asks participants questions when they enter the door. The question might touch on the significance of the colors on the Juneteenth flag, and the first person to answer correctly gets to move on to the next challenge.
Bring a Juneteenth Plate
On this important day, what better way to tie in fun Juneteenth activities than one that involves food. And not just any food, but green, yellow, black, and red food.
In this game, participants are divided into teams, and each team is assigned a color from the Juneteenth flag – red, green, or black. Each team member must bring a food item predominantly their team’s color. For example, if a participant is on the red team, they might bring strawberries, red cupcakes, or watermelons.
If you’re hosting the party, Juneteenth weekend would only be complete with many of our childhood favorites like Bingo. So invite the young kids (or young people as I call them) to play with you, your family, and friends.
Create or buy (link below) bingo cards with historical figures, events, and symbols associated with Juneteenth.
Black History Jeopardy
For some black Americans, this is the game many of us look forward to playing with our loved ones, and admittedly, it was one of my favorite games to play last year with my book club online.
Suppose there aren’t many Juneteenth events happening in your local community. In that case, with this game, you can still celebrate the national holiday by highlighting all of the notable and unsung heroes in the African American community.
Nothing gets the crowd into a game quite like charades. Charades will have you questioning if you chose the right person to pair off with or if the folks in the room.
A big part of playing charades is the theme, so if you plan to play more than one round, you can make a round focused on black artists, black authors, and social justice activists.
Name that Movie
One thing about black people and culture that is dope is our love for collecting insightful quotes from iconic movies, a tradition that spans our generation and beyond.
On this Juneteenth holiday, gather everyone around to play a game where you guess where iconic movie lines come from. You can even make it competitive by creating a point system for each correct guess- offering more points for the difficult lines people guess correctly.
Freedom Word Search
Print out a word search puzzle with words related to Juneteenth and African American history. It’ll be fun for you and your loved ones to spend some time at the table completing this while prepping for the Juneteenth festival you plan on attending later.
See below for a link to a Juneteenth-themed crossword puzzle.
Kid-friendly while positively impacting, draw historical figures and events related to Juneteenth and have others guess what they are. This activity could also be a great way to teach others about the history of Juneteenth and its significance in our culture today.
Juneteenth Holiday Musical Chairs
Turn on the music and gather everyone around for a game of musical chairs that will bring laughter and plenty of fun! In the game of musical chairs, there are usually two to three more chairs than players.
The chairs are arranged in a circle, and each player takes turns walking around the circle while music plays. When the music stops, everyone must find a chair to sit on – but since there aren’t enough chairs, one person will be left without a seat. That person is then out of the game, and the game continues until two people are left fighting for one seat.