LIST: Juneteenth events in West Michigan 2024

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when enslaved Americans in Galveston, Texas were the last to receive news that they had been freed.

The day came two years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Since then, Black Americans have celebrated this day with picnics, concerts and other events. In 2021, Juneteenth was declared an official federal holiday.

Check out the list below to find a Juneteenth event near you:

Battle Creek

  • African Masquerade Dancers: A Tribute to Juneteenth at Willard Library | June 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. | Event details

  • Juneteenth at Claude Evans Park | June 14 & 15 | Event details

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Benton Harbor

  • Juneteenth Celebration | June 15 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. | $25-$30 tickets | Event details

Grand Rapids

  • Juneteenth Pop Up Shop at Martin Luther King Jr. Park | June 15 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Event details

  • Juneteenth pop up event at Rosa Parks Circle | June 15 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Event details

  • Grand Rapids Junior Juneteenth 2024 Dickinson Park Dundunba | June 19 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Event details

  • Southtown Juneteenth Celebration | June 19 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. | Event details

  • Justice 4 All Juneteenth Jam at Calder Plaza | June 19 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Event details

  • Celebrating Juneteenth at Chicago Beef Joint | June 19 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. | Event details

  • “Block Party” screening, festivities at Wealthy Theatre | June 19 at 5 p.m., screening starts at 7 p.m. | Event details

  • Juneteenth Commemoration at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church | June 23 at 9 a.m. | Event details

Holland

  • “That Day”: Juneteenth Play | June 13, 14, 19 at 7 p.m., June 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. | Tickets required, $10 | Event Details

  • Juneteenth 5K Freedom Walk and Run | June 15 at 9 a.m. | $30 to register | Event details

  • Freedom Festival and Market at Kollen Park | June 15 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Event details

  • History talk with Robert Shipley | June 17 at 7 p.m. | Event details

  • Juneteenth Family Skate Night Fundraiser | June 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Event details

  • Farmer’s Market Storytime | June 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. | Event details

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Kalamazoo

  • Juneteenth Black Film Festival “Bob Marley: One Love” screening at Kalamazoo Valley Museum | June 14 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. | Event details

  • Community Racial Healing Circle: Juneteenth | June 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Event details

  • Juneteenth Community Day at Kalamazoo Institute of Arts | June 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Event details

  • Rootead Juneteenth Celebration: Juneteenth Celebration at Bronson Park | June 15 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. | Event details

  • “Juneteenth” exhibit in collaboration with Soul Artistry | June 6-26 | Event details

Muskegon

  • Juneteenth Parade | June 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Event details

  • Juneteenth 5K Fun Run/Walk at Heritage Landing | June 19 | Event details

  • Black Business Expo at VanDyk Mortgage Convention Center | June 19-20 | Event details

  • Juneteenth “The Play” by Two Chicks with a Plan | June 19 and 20 | Event details

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