WEEK OF JUNE 14: Juneteenth Celebration in Minneapolis

WEEK OF JUNE 14: Juneteenth Celebration in Minneapolis

Join the Minneapolis community in celebrating Juneteenth in 2021 at activities throughout the week of June 14th.

The 2021 Juneteenth activities include a combination of self-guided, modified and outdoor Juneteenth-themed activities, such as outdoor movies, virtual panel discussions, story strolls, activity kits and music in the park.

Juneteenth Highlights:

  • Storyboard strolls featuring Black authors and artists at several Minneapolis parks, in collaboration with Hennepin County Library
  • Virtual community panel discussions
  • Outdoor & drive-in movies: 42, The Great Debaters and Jumanji: The Next Level
  • Family Night at Creekview Park
  • and more!

Details are being finalized, so watch for updates at minneapolisparks.org/Juneteenth and Juneteenth Speaks Facebook page


Juneteenth History

Also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, Juneteenth is one of two freedom celebrations held throughout the United States; the other is the Fourth of July.

It originated in 1865 and is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. It was on June 19 of that year that Major General Gordon Granger and his troops landed at Galveston, Texas, where they announced – and enforced – President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had officially taken effect two and a half years earlier. Find out more about the history and evolution of this celebration at Juneteenth.com.