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Juneteenth Events 2023


Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day within the Black community, is considered the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. This marks the date Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to inform people who were enslaved of their freedom.


Recognize and learn this Juneteenth during one of these events. These celebrations take place near several of our senior living communities.


Nebraska

Omaha


June 17 from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Malcom X Outside Event Plaza


This cultural and historical celebration event features education, entertainment, and resources! The festival’s mission is to educate, empower, and entertain the Omaha, Nebraska community about North Omaha culture while bringing awareness to local, social, and business resources.


June 17 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

24th and Ohio St.


Juneteenth Joy Fest is a Black arts and culture festival to honor the history of Black heritage.


Nevada

Las Vegas


June 17 from 4-9 p.m.

435 S Grand Central Parkway


Enjoy R&B bands and local artists in honor of Juneteenth!


New Mexico

Rio Rancho


June 16 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Campus Park at City Center


Enjoy activities, food, live music, then conclude this Juneteenth celebration with the movie 42 showing at dusk.


Oregon

Bend


June 17-19

Drake Park


Celebrate Juneteenth with this family-friendly event featuring entertainment, music, food, educational exhibits, and more. The three-day event concludes with Juneteenth Movie Night tentatively held at Alpineglow Park. Visit the event website for all details.


Eugene


June 18 from 12-7 p.m.

Alton Baker Park


Commemorate freedom through music, dance, and more! Visit the event website for the entertainment lineup!


Hillsboro


June 17 from 12-6:30 p.m.

Jerry Willey Plaza


This Juneteenth celebration includes food, music, speakers, and Black-owned business vendors.


Portland


June 17-18

Parade: June 17 at 11 a.m.

Festival: June 17 from 12-7 p.m. and June 18 from 12-6 p.m.

Lillis-Albina Park


Enjoy two days of celebration, including live music, food vendors, kids area, and more!


June 17 at 7 p.m.

Portland Expo Center


Get ready to buckle up and have the time of your life at the 8 Seconds Juneteenth Rodeo in Portland, Oregon! This electrifying event is a blend of thrilling rodeo action, live musical acts, and gut-busting comedy.


June 19 from 12-6 p.m.

Peninsula Park


Celebrate literacy and liberation at the Freadom Festival! This event features a community book swap, book drive, author talks with local Black authors, giveaways, and more.


Salem


June 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

1313 Mill St.


Join the Willamette Heritage Center and Oregon Black Pioneers for a community walk following in the footsteps of families or individuals whose lives were impacted by slavery and emancipation.


Wilsonville


June 17 from 12-3 p.m.

Town Center Park


Enjoy a keynote speech by Pamela Slaughter, Executive Director of PDX People of Color Outdoors, which offers time to celebrate and reflect upon emancipation day. Spend the afternoon celebrating Juneteeth with live music by DJ Bryson Wallace provides music, activities, giveaways, and more.


Utah

From June 2-26, the Project Success Coalition is hosting Juneteenth events across Utah. Get the full schedule on the event website to find a location near you!

Cities include Ogden, Salt Lake City, and more.


St. George


June 19 from 6-8 p.m.

Highland Park


Celebrate Freedom for All as St. George locals recognize Juneteenth. Enjoy a potluck (meat provided) and entertainment.


Washington

Yakima


June 17

Juneteenth Car Caravan: 11 a.m.

Barbecue: 12-3 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park


Celebrate Black American culture, hear Yakima family histories, and give homage to the Juneteenth holiday! Take a caravan route down Yakima Avenue to MLK Jr. Park, then enjoy a barbecue party, live music, and more.


Follow Arete Living on social media to see how we’re recognizing Juneteenth.




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