Date & Time

Saturday, June 15, 2019
11 am-6 pm- Event

Address

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

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Registration

This event is free and open to all ages.

Vendors!

2019 Juneteenth Food Vendor Application [PDF]
2019 Juneteenth Merchandise Vendor Application [PDF]
2019 Juneteenth Organization Non-Profit Vendor Application [PDF]

Sponsorship Opportunities

2019 Juneteenth Sponsor Packet [PDF]

About

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.

Sponsors

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 2019 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 Juneteenth.com.

Upcoming Meetings

Juneteenth Celebrating Freedom Day Community Meeting
Mon, May 20, 2019 5:30pm @ Phillis Wheatly/Bethune Park
Community and Park Board staff meet to plan the 2019 Juneteenth Celebrating Freedom Day.

Juneteenth Celebrating Freedom Day Community Meeting
Tue, May 28, 2019 5:30pm @ Phillis Wheatly/Bethune Park
Community and Park Board staff meet to plan the 2019 Juneteenth Celebrating Freedom Day.

Juneteenth Celebrating Freedom Day Community Meeting
Mon, Jun 3, 2019 5:30pm @ Phillis Wheatly/Bethune Park
Community and Park Board staff meet to plan the 2019 Juneteenth Celebrating Freedom Day.

Juneteenth Celebrating Freedom Day Community Meeting
Mon, Jun 10, 2019 5:30pm @ Phillis Wheatly/Bethune Park
Community and Park Board staff meet to plan the 2019 Juneteenth Celebrating Freedom Day.

Coming soon!

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. Additional parking information coming soon.