Baton Rouge residents got a head start on celebrating Juneteenth Saturday afternoon, June 15, 2019, at Gus Young Park. 

The celebration included a cookout, sports and activities, a free concert and more.

Juneteenth, held each year on June 19, recognizes the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the former Confederate States of America. The holiday coincides with the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865. 

View highlights from Baton Rouge's early celebration in the gallery below.