Join in virtually for a day of tributes, education, and entertainment, culminating with fireworks over the water!!

The Juneteenth 400 Celebration at the Port of Los Angeles is a first-ever, one-of-a-kind event to celebrate Juneteenth. Also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day and Emancipation Day, Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the emancipation of slavery in the United States. The event originated in Galveston, Texas and is celebrated annually throughout the U.S., on the 19th of June or the third Saturday in June. It is commemorated on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865 announcement by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom from slavery in Texas. This unique event of national importance not only celebrates history but also paves a path forward for today’s youth. Central to the event is the drive to put more local youth into the maritime and leadership-oriented Los Angeles Maritime Institute TopSail STEM Youth Program. 

About Juneteenth 400

Juneteenth 400 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established by San Pedro, Calif. resident and community activist Joe Gatlin in 2021. Gatlin hosted an annual Juneteenth Celebration at San Pedro's Peck Park from 2000 to 2018, which, over the years, has attracted thousands of Angelenos to the Los Angeles Harbor area. The “400” signifies 400 years after first slave ship arrived in the U.S. in 1619.

About the Los Angeles Maritime Institute

The Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) serves to empower youth to discover their greater potential through extraordinary at-sea experiences aboard educational sailing vessels built to train and equip young people with 21st century leadership skills and inspire maritime and STEM career paths. For 29 years, the TopSail Youth Program has been changing the lives of youth in Los Angeles County through a highly interactive educational program at-sea aboard the twin brigantines, SSV Irving Johnson and SSV Exy Johnson. In addition to bringing subjects like science and math to life, the shipboard environment challenges youth to work together, improves communication skills, stimulates critical thinking and builds confidence in a safe, unforgettable learning-at-sea environment.

About the Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles is the nation’s busiest container port and leading gateway for international trade in the Western Hemisphere. It has ranked as the number one container port in the United States each year since 2000. Encompassing 7,500 acres of land and water located along 43 miles of waterfront in San Pedro Bay, the Port facilitated $259 billion in trade during 2020. The Port is strongly committed to developing innovative, sustainable operations that benefit the economy, environment, and quality of life for the communities it serves, focusing on supply chain efficiency, upgrading infrastructure, and transforming the LA Waterfront into a world-class visitor destination.

The Port of Los Angeles supports charitable, business and civic events and programs that support the City of Los Angeles Harbor Department’s goals and are consistent with California State Lands Commission and City Charter mandates. As required by the State Tidelands Grant governing the Port of Los Angeles, use of Harbor Department funds must promote commerce, navigation and fisheries.