There is much to celebrate on Juneteenth this year. Although it has been recognized as a state holiday in Texas since 1980, this is the second year it is also a federal holiday. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865 when two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, soldiers landed in Galveston with news the war was over and all slaves were free. Often called “Freedom Day,” it is a time to celebrate liberty and freedom from a dark period in American history. 

It has been a cornerstone holiday in Texas and this year there is no shortage of ways you can participate in the anniversary of June 19, 1865.


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Juneteenth Freedom Ride
June 11, 7 - 11 a.m.

This 22-mile ride will take you through Houston neighborhoods with rich history. Beginning in Freedmen’s Town, your two wheels will glide you to the Black Lives Matter street, George Floyd Memorial and other historic sites. 

Juneteenth Kickback
June 17, 2022

Join Project Row Houses on 2521 Holman Street for their Juneteenth Kickback events including a community mural project and live performances by DJ Elevated, M2CCA, The Biggest Brandon, and The Everlasting Vibez.

Juneteenth Culinary Celebration

June 18, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This fundraising event features both a unique culinary experience with outdoor exhibits and market. The afternoon will dazzle your senses with an African drumming ceremony, art exhibit and marketplace, and unique swag bags.


Emancipation Park’s 150th Juneteenth Celebration Presented by Kinder Foundation
June 18 - 19, 4 - 10 p.m.

Join Mayor Sylvester Turner for two days of celebration in Houston’s Emancipation Park. Featuring local vendors, food, kid’s zone and a lineup of amazing musicians, it’s the perfect place to memorialize Juneteenth. 


Juneteenth Black Art Show
June 19, 1 - 5 p.m.

Join Primary Paint Party for a celebration of Black artists and creators. All artists will contribute work to the art show, all of which will all be for sale. Come look around and find something to brighten up your home!


Juneteenth - The Journey to Freedom
June 19, 7 - 10 p.m.

Enjoy captivating and educational performances that tell the story of African Americans from 1865 to today and the journey to the celebration of freedom. Set under the night sky at Miller Outdoor Theatre, the event is free for all ages. 


Juneteenth Night Light Bike Ride
June 19, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Light up the night with this music-themed bike ride as you venture around the city. Don’t be intimidated if you aren’t the fastest cycler, this slow ride is for all ages and levels of experience.