Date & Time

Saturday, June 13, 2020
11 am – 6 pm – Event


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

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This event is free and open to all ages.


This community-led celebration features a parade, music and performances, historical re-enactments, great local food and more. It takes place at the site of the first Freedom Day celebration in Minneapolis led by Michael Chaney and Spike Moss.

Support 2019 Juneteenth – Celebrating Freedom Day! Go to the “Get Involved” tab to find ways you can participate. Attend a planning meeting, become a sponsor or apply to be a vendor.

Juneteenth in Minneapolis

This daylong, community-led celebration that features music, dance and other performances, a host of youth and family activities, historical and cultural booths and vendors offering an array of food and merchandise.

Celebrated in Minneapolis for decades, Juneteenth in 2020 honors 400 years since the arrival of the first Africans brought to English-occupied North America. Juneteenth – Celebrating Freedom Day takes place at Bethune Park, site of Minneapolis’ first Freedom Day celebration, and is hosted by the Juneteenth Legacy Committee and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and is preceded by a parade organized by People of Color Union Members (POCUM).

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

Upcoming Meetings

The Juneteenth Board meetings will have time for public comments and questions from 5:45-6 pm each meeting.

(The January 22 – May 20 meetings will be held at MPRB Headquarters – 2117 West River Road. The May 27 – June 10 meetings will be at Phyllis Wheatley Community Center – 1301 N 10th Ave.)

  • January 22
  • February 5
  • February 19
  • March 4
  • March 18 (This meeting has been canceled)
  • April 1 (This meeting has been canceled)
  • April 15
  • May 6
  • May 20
  • May 27
  • June 3
  • June 10

2019 Sponsors

Event Organizers

Juneteenth — Celebrating Freedom Day Legacy Committee
Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
Phyllis Wheatley Community Center
People of Color Union Members (POCUM)

Public parking is available along streets near the park.

A limited amount of spaces are available at a parking lot on Humboldt Ave. and 8th Ave.