Juneteenth celebrations held around Central Florida

SANFORD, Fla. — Events were held around Central Florida on Saturday to celebrate the first Juneteenth since becoming a federal holiday.

Events in Sanford and DeLand are aimed at helping African Americans prepare for Florida’s controversial new voting bill signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis last month.

Read: Congress passes bill to make Juneteenth federal holiday

The event at Fort Mellon Park in Sanford was packed with visitors. The Juneteenth festival had food from Black-owned businesses, music and more.

The event was held two days after President Joe Biden signed legislation making it a federal holiday.

Read: What is Juneteenth? 5 things to know

In addition to fun, there was a push to get people to register to vote and also explain how the new voting law will impact them.

The Freedom Festival was used as an opportunity to inform visitors about Florida Senate Bill 90, a controversial law that some groups believe will create major obstacles to voting-by-mail and also limit assistance at the polls.

Read: ‘It means freedom’: Florida lawmaker discusses Juneteenth holiday

Group leaders hoped to teach residents how to prepare for the new way of voting in Florida.

See more in the video above.

Jeff Levkulich

Jeff Levkulich, WFTV.com

Jeff Levkulich joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in June 2015.