Each year on June 19th, thousands across the nation celebrate Juneteenth. The African American holiday is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  On June 19 in 1865, the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. 

 

For many today, Juneteenth commemorates Black liberation, culture and community. This weekend, groups across the Twin Cities are holding events to honor Juneteenth.We’ve compiled a list of some events. 

 

Juneteenth Celebration - Unite & Rebuild MSP

Friday, June 19th

3pm-8pm

Target Parking lot on East Lake St and Minnehaha (2500 E Lake St, Minneapolis MN)

This family-friendly Juneteenth Celebration will be held to unite, rebuild, and support communities in the Twin Cities. There will be food trucks, musical artists, and community speakers, including the Grammy Award-winning Gary Hines.

Juneteenth Jubilee

Friday, June 19th

4pm-7pm

Webber Park

This youth-led event was created by The Sit to Breathe Project to celebrate together while reflecting on the unrest in our cities today. It is a drive-by event, and will include soul food, drinks, goodie bags, and informationals for families to learn more about the history of Juneteenth!

Juneteenth Reparations Rally

Friday, June 19

1pm-4pm

Minnesota State Capitol

This rally is being held to address racial wealth disparities, and push for reparations, racial and economic justice from the government.

Virtual Juneteenth Celebration

June 19th, 2020

9am

The City of St. Paul, St. Paul Public Library and Ujamaa Place will be holding a virtual commemoration of heritage and culture featuring community leaders, local artists, drumming, children’s read-alongs and Mayor Melvin Carter. This can be found at sppl.org/juneteenth

 

Juneteenth: Community Festival and Rally for Justice

Friday, June 19th

12pm-6pm

Cub Foods Broadway (701 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis 55411)

This event is a community celebration that will show the “love, unity, resilience, and beauty of North Minneapolis in honor of Juneteenth.” They will have free food, household supplies, masks, mental health kits and more. In honor of George Floyd, a rally will be hosted at 4pm, as well as live musical performances.

Juneteenth Social Justice Rally

Friday, June 19th

5pm-8pm

Brooklyn Park City Hall (5200 85th Ave N, Minneapolis 55443-4301)

In honor of Juneteenth and sparked by the death of George Floyd, this rally will be a push for social justice. It is described as an opportunity to unite voices for change and push for reform.

Juneteenth - A Celebration of Freedom

Friday, June 19

11am-6pm

CTUL (3715 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis Minnesota 55407)

This will be a celebration to have fun, connect, learn about the history of black communities and demand justice. It will include music, art, food and a march at 5pm.

2020 Juneteenth Community Gathering

Friday, June 19th

3pm-9pm

Cup Foods (3759 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis 55407)

A gathering will be held to bring together the community and celebrate black culture, including 

free food, live performances and an open mic.

Juneteenth Block Party: Ashes to Beauty

Friday, June 19th

5pm-8pm

Kelley Park (6855 Fortino St., Apple Valley 55124)

This block party will celebrate the beauty of black culture, and move pain and trauma to joy and beauty. There will be children’s activities, music, dancing, food, black vendors and more.

Juneteenth/George Floyd Memorial Run

Saturday, June 20 at 8am

George Floyd’s Memorial (3759 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407)

In honor of George Floyd and the Juneteenth holiday, this Saturday people will come together to walk, run or bike 8.46 miles-- the same amount of time George Floyd was held down. The route will start and end on 38th and Chicago Avenue.

Black Broadway Juneteenth Celebration

Saturday, June 20th

1pm-5pm

Cub Foods Broadway

The Black Broadway Block Party is an opportunity for the community to come together in honor of Juneteenth. The event promotes the idea of Black ownership and Black businesses! It will include food, live entertainment, family activities, and Black-owned retail vendors and resources.

Juneteenth Revolutionary Blackout Bike Ride

Saturday, June 20th

4pm-8pm

The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Parkway (1221 Theodore Wirth Parkway, Minneapolis 55422)

This is an all-black, healing bike ride. The ride will be an experience to connect with the body, the land, and this period of uprising. 

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