There is much to celebrate on Juneteenth this year. 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.
Juneteenth Freedom Ride
June 17, 2023 | 7:30 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.
June 16, 2023 | 5-9 p.m.
Join Project Row Houses on 2521 Holman Street for their Juneteenth Kickback events including a community mural project, games, food, and family fun. Enjoy delicious BBQ, fish fry and other treats alongside live music!
Emancipation Park’s Juneteenth Celebration
June 17, 2023 | 3 p.m. (Gates open at 2 p.m.)
Join this year's celebration for an invigorating start to the morning with the exhilarating Freedom Walk/Run. Get ready to lace up your sneakers and meet at The Emancipation Park at 7 a.m. This short yet empowering journey will fill you with the spirit of freedom. By 11 a.m., we'll conclude the event and get ready to immerse ourselves in the day's festivities.There is an amazing concert lineup that caters to everyone's taste. The explosive evening concert begins at 3 p.m with the soulful gospel artist V Michael McKay, followed by the infectious rhythms of Zydeco sensation Step Rideau. As the night heats up, guests will be treated to the legendary R&B performances of Lakeside and The SOS Band. Prepare for a non-stop evening of captivating beats, soulful melodies, and unforgettable acts!
The Generation Square Juneteenth Celebration
Join the celebration at Redemption Square (Assay Street Houston, TX, 77044) for a concert, guest speakers, market, art and networking.