The Taste of Muskegon festival will take place one week earlier to avoid overlapping with Juneteenth.
Taste of Muskegon organizers said Tuesday, Jan. 18, they are permanently moving the food festival from its traditional third week of June to the second weekend of the month — which this year falls on June 10-11 in Hackley Park — to avoid concurring with the Juneteenth holiday celebrations.
Known to some as the country’s “second Independence Day,” Juneteenth celebrates the freedom of enslaved people in the U.S. at the end of the Civil War, coinciding with the day federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to emancipate enslaved people on June 19, 1865. The holiday traditionally is marked with barbecues, music and other activities.
“It’s a big decision to move the timing of a large event in its 16th year, but we feel that is appropriate,” said Anne Meisch, director of Taste of Muskegon. “We don’t want to possibly put people in the position of making a choice between attending Taste or marking this important moment in our nation’s history.”
Taste of Muskegon is produced by the Muskegon Downtown Development Authority. More information is at tasteofmuskegon.org.