Date & Time

Saturday, June 16
9:45-11am- Parade
11 am-6 pm- Event


Bethune Park
1304 N 10th Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55411


This event is free and open to all ages.


A community-led celebration at Bethune Park, the site of the first freedom day celebration in Minneapolis led by two of the original founders, Michael Chaney and Spike Moss.  Join us for this exciting event. To see how you can participate, go to the Get Involved tab.

Click here to complete the Volunteer Application online

Juneteenth 2018 Poster [PDF]

Event Information

MPRB, in partnership with the Juneteenth Legacy Committee, will be hosting a community-led Juneteenth celebration. Also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19 that Union soldiers (led by Major General Gordan Granger) landed in Galveston, Texas, with the news that the war ended & the enslaved were now free. This was two and half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. 

Juneteenth will be held Saturday, June 16, with a 9:45 parade start and  11 am to 6 pm event at Bethune Park/Phyllis Wheatley Community Center


  • 9:45 start at UROC Parking Lot (new location)
  • Led by Grand Marshal KMOJ Q Bear Banks
  • NEW Route: east on Plymouth Ave, south on N Humboldt Ave to Bethune park
  • Hosted by Juneteenth Celebrating Freedom Day Committee

Free Entertainment

  • Grammy Award Winner Sounds of Blackness
  • Billboard Gospel Chart Topper Jovonta Patton
  • Minnesota Music Legend Cornbread Harris
  • Bernice Gregory
  • Libation
  • Jamela Pettiford
  • Kueen T
  • LaKame
  • Casual Confusion
  • DJ Dime
  • Nothando Zulu
  • The Trial of Willie Lynch the 5th and His Ancestors
  • The Art of Dance Studio
  • Hollywood Dance Studio
  • Da Celebrities Dance
  • Juneteenth Re-enactors history tent featuring General Granger, Phillis Wheatley, African American soldier, others


Eats and Treats for Purchase

  • Chelles’ Kitchen LLC – tamales, collard green wraps
  • DB Son’s Ice Cream – ice cream novelties
  • Gramsky’s sandwiches – catfish & beef tacos
  • Jambo! Kitchen- African fusion food
  • Masjid An-Nur- fish, hushpuppies, bean pies
  • Momz Kitchen – ribs, hot dogs, fish
  • Rita’s Ice – Italian ice
  • The Rolling Donut – mini donuts, lemonade
        & more!

Free Youth Activities

  • Bungee Trampoline
  • Bounce House
  • Double Dutch
  • Hula Hoops
  • Frisbees
  • Big Board Games
  • Bike Rodeo (bring your bike and helmet!)
         & more!

Event Vendors

  • American Legion
  • Anika Foundation- Black Votes Matter
  • Awesome Foundation Northside Charter
  • Cleveland Neighborhood Association
  • Children's MN
  • City of Minneapolis
  • Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage
  • DFL Senate District 59 & CD 5 DFL
  • EVOLVE Adoption & Family Services
  • Fifth Congressional District DFL
  • Harvest Network Schools
  • Hennepin Technical College
  • High School for Performing Arts
  • Job Corps
  • Kimberly Caprini for MPS at Large
  • Memorial Blood Centers
  • Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
  • Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Neighbors for Irene
  • Nellie Stone Johnson Foundation
  • North Community YMCA
  • NorthPoint Health & Wellness
  • Northside Economic Opportunity Network
  • Northside Greenway Now
  • Oasis of Love Crisis
  • Organizing for Action
  • Phyllis Wheatley Community Center
  • POCUM/People of Color Union Members
  • Sickle Cell Foundation of Minnesota
  • Simply Fabulous One Boutique
  • Sustainable Resources Center
  • Tim Walz for Governor
  • Tubman
  • Turning Point, Inc.
  • University of MN- Wages Study
  • Visions Merging
Jovonta Patton
Sounds of Blackness
The Art of Dance Studio
Re-enactor Tent

Get Involved

Volunteer Opportunities 

Contact Lorna Pettis at or (763) 957-0538

Vendor Applications

Vendor applications are closed for 2018.


Upcoming Meetings

There are currently no meetings scheduled.

Stage Schedule

11 am – 1 pm:

Bernice Gregory “Lift Every Voice and Sing”
Reading of President Lincoln's General Order #3
Spiritual Music by Libation
Artistic Storyteller Nothando Zulu –
Recognition of History Awards
Billboard Gospel Chart Topper Jovonta Patton
The Trial of Willie Lynch the 5th and His Ancestors

1 – 3:30 pm:

Minnesota Music Legend Cornbread Harris
Hollywood Dance Studio
Da Celebrities Dance
The Art of Dance Studio
DJ Dime
Jamela Pettiford

3:30-5 pm:

Kueen T
Casual Confusion 

5-6 pm:

Grammy Award Winner Sounds of Blackness




Public parking is available along streets near the park and in the parking lots at Harvest Prep School – Seed Academy, 1300 Olson Memorial Hwy, Minneapolis, MN 55411.