How American Cities Celebrate Juneteenth

June 15, 2021 - (4 min read)

Every year, cities, towns and villages across the country celebrate June 19 as Freedom Day and in some cases as a second Independence Day for Black communities across America. That’s because on June 19, 1865 – two years after passage of the Emancipation Proclamation is when the last enslaved people in Galveston, Texas learned that they were free.  This day became known as Juneteenth by the people in Texas.  

The celebration, however, is celebrated far and wide across America and even across the globe. The day is marked with celebratory and vibrant activities including music, parades, fireworks and much more.  

Here is a roundup of celebrations happening in American cities: 

Philadelphia will mark Juneteenth will a collection of events starting on June 19 through July 4. The Museum of the American Revolution as well as The African American Museum in Philadelphia are both hosting events. Several community events and a light show have also been planned. Check out the full list here.  

For the past 12 years, New York’s Brownsville community has hosted a festival. Each year features a theme that educates the Black community on its history while creatively changing the narrative of the devastating impact of slavery. Learn more about New York’s Juneteenth celebrations.  

In Little Rock, Arkansas, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will host a multiday event that will commence with a grand finale online. The virtual extravaganza will celebrate African American freedom and achievement by delivering stories and experiences of Arkansans while delving into history, achievements, success and talents of local business owners, artists and musicians.  

Cities of all sizes are celebrating Juneteenth. In Gulfport, MS the city is launching a city-wide collaborative effort. The planning is completely organized by the Juneteenth Committee and the founder Bobby Hudson III. It includes several events as a proclamation presented by Mayor Billy Hewes.  The family-friendly three-day event called the Gulfport City-Wide Juneteenth Celebration – Freedom Weekend will kick off Friday, June 18, 2021. 

Want to see how your community is celebrating Juneteenth? Check out our list of events here:

Alabama: Huntsville, AL will host its Freedom Festival and several other events.  Check out the full list of events across the country.  

Alaska: Anchorage  

Arizona: Scottsdale, and other events: 

Arkansas: Little Rock 

California: Los Angeles; and SF:  

Colorado: Colorado Springs and Denver 

Connecticut: Bridgeport 

Delaware: Wilmington 

Florida: Winterhaven and Miami 

Georgia: Atlanta 

Idaho: Boise and Pocatello 

Illinois: Chicago and Springfield 

Indiana: Indianapolis 

Iowa: Des Moine 

Kansas: Prarie Village 

Kentucky: Louisville and Somerset 

Louisiana:  Baton Rouge and Jonesville and New Orleans, Covington

Maine: Portland 

Maryland: Annapolis 

Massachusetts: Boston and other events 

Michigan: Detroit and Kalamazoo 

Minnesota: Minneapolis 

Mississippi: Gulfport and Winston County 

Missouri: Kansas City 

Montana: Billings 

Nebraska: Omaha 

Nevada:  Las Vegas and  Henderson 

New Hampshire: Portsmouth 

New Jersey: Union 

New Mexico: Albuquerque  

New York:  Brooklyn 

North Carolina: Durham  

North Dakota: Fargo 

Ohio: Cincinnati 

Oklahoma: Tulsa 

Oregon: Portland 

Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Jonestown 

Rhode Island: Providence 

South Carolina: Columbia 

South Dakota: Sioux Falls 

Tennessee: Murfreesboro 

Texas: North Texas and Houston; Desoto, Lancaster, Cedar Hill, Duncanville

Utah: Ogden and Salt Lake City 

Vermont: Burlington 

Virginia: Newport 

Washington, DC 

West Virginia: Huntington 

Wisconsin: Fond du Lac 

Wyoming: Casper