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.

The Juneteenth – Celebrating Freedom Day event held at Bethune Park on Sat. June 15th was a huge success. Crowds of over 4,000 attended this all-day celebration which was preceded by a parade for everyone to join or watch. Superintendent Bangoura and Superintendent Emeritus Mary Merrill rode in a MPRB vehicle decorated by the Athletics and Youth Development departments.

From 11 am to 6 pm, attendees enjoyed great live music highlighted by The Maxx Band and Christopher Williams. The day also included some outstanding dance performances, youth performances, DJs, and a variety of entertainment in the youth area, along with a historical sharing area. Over 60 vendors exhibited and shared information, along with a wide variety of delicious foods.

A special thanks to all the event organizers including: The Juneteenth – Celebrating Freedom Day Board and Committees, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Phyllis Wheatley Community Center and People of Color Union Members (P.O.C.U.M.)

Thank you to all Juneteenth sponsors, including the Program and Supporting Sponsors: Comcast, Gas Workers Local 340, Insight News, KMOJ, Mpls & Suburban Bus Company, Inc., Old National Bank, Metro Transit, City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation AFL-CIO and Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage.

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

Upcoming Meetings

The Juneteenth Board meetings will have time for public comments and questions from 5:30 – 5:45 p.m. 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
  • April 1
  • April 15
  • May 6
  • May 20
  • May 27
  • June 3
  • June 10


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.