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Celebrate Juneteenth 2024 with Gumbo Social

The team at Gumbo Social is gearing up for an exciting month of celebrations and remembrance. We're thrilled to announce that we'll have a food tent at three Juneteenth 2024 events across San Francisco. These celebrations are more than just events—they are vibrant commemorations of freedom, community, and culture. Join us in honoring this significant part of American history through soulful food and joyful gatherings.

Chef Dontaye ball and sons at Juneteenth event

San Francisco Juneteenth 2024 Parade and Festival

  • Date: Saturday, June 8, 2024

  • Location: Civic Center Plaza

  • Time: 11 AM - 6 PM

  • RSVP here

The parade starts at Market St. & Spear St. (near the Ferry Building) and marches 13 blocks west down Market Street, ending with the festival at Civic Center Plaza.

Gumbo Social booth will be located with other food vendors on Grove Street between Polk and Larkin Streets, in front of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium!

SF Juneteenth Freedom Celebration at Fillmore: Decades Edition

  • Date: Saturday, June 15, 2024

  • Location: Fillmore Heritage Center

  • Time: 11 AM - 6 PM

  • RSVP here

This festival, spanning 6 city blocks, pays homage to the decades of Black culture with each city block dedicated to different decades: the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2K+. Featuring dozens of retail and food vendors (including Gumbo Social!), free carnival rides and games, a free block party and concert.

San Francisco Bayview Juneteenth Father's Day

  • Date: Sunday, June 16, 2024

  • Location: Gilman Park (903 Gilman Ave in Bayview Hunters Point)

  • Time: 12 PM - 6 PM

  • RSVP here

Celebrate Father's Day and Juneteenth in the Bayview, where family and freedom are the heart of the festivities. Treat dad to a hearty bowl of our gumbo, and relish in the shared stories and communal spirit. Featuring performances by 112, Surface, Regina Bell, plus retail and food vendors, a car show and more!

Why We Celebrate Juneteenth

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced the end of the Civil War, proclaiming freedom for all enslaved people. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, issued on January 1, 1864, highlighting the slow and challenging journey toward freedom.

Juneteenth is a day to reflect on the struggles and achievements of African Americans, celebrate the rich cultural heritage, and recognize the continuous fight for equality and justice. It is a day of joy, resilience, and unity, embodying the essence of the African American experience and its indomitable spirit.

The Significance of Gumbo in Our Celebrations

a bowl of gumbo

At Gumbo Social, we believe that food is a powerful storyteller, connecting us to our roots and each other. Gumbo, a savory stew with deep African, French, Spanish, and Native American influences, represents the melting pot of cultures that shape our history and society. Each spoonful is a tribute to the resilience and creativity of the African American community.

Gumbo is more than just a dish—it's a symbol of togetherness and cultural fusion. It brings people together, fostering a sense of community and belonging. Just as the diverse ingredients in gumbo blend to create a harmonious and flavorful dish, so, too, do the various threads of our collective history weave together to form the rich tapestry of American culture.

Let Gumbo Social Cater Your Juneteenth Event

If you plan to celebrate Juneteenth at your private event or office, order your catering from Gumbo Social. Our catering menu features a selection of gumbo, po'boys, and other comfort food. Support your local Black-owned business and make your event flavorful and memorable.

Join Us in Celebrating Juneteenth

We invite you to join us at these Juneteenth events and celebrate with Gumbo Social. Come savor the flavors of freedom, history, and unity with every bite of our soulful cuisine. Let's honor the past, celebrate the present, and look forward to a future where we continue to grow and thrive together.

We can't wait to celebrate with you!

Love, peace, and gumbo grease.

Mr. Gumbo and the Gumbo Social team

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