Juneteenth Festivities and Food
Certain foods became popular and subsequently synonymous with Juneteenth celebrations such as strawberry soda-pop. More traditional and just as popular was the barbecuing, through which Juneteenth participants could share in the spirit and aromas that their ancestors - the newly emancipated African Americans, would have experienced during their ceremonies. Hence, the barbecue pit is often established as the center of attention at Juneteenth celebrations. It is a tradition to prepare and feast on foods and barbecue red in color. Red soda water, watermelon drink and strawberry cream soda are very popular drinks on the Juneteenth day celebration.