Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is an annual holiday to celebrate equal rights and freedom of slaves in the United States. On June 19, 1865, federal troops freed the remaining slaves in Texas, enforcing the Emancipation Proclamation, a full 2½ years after its signing.

Celebrations and events will be held in southeast Michigan, and include supporting and shopping at Black-owned businesses, award ceremonies, music, films, food and  live entertainment to acknowledge what’s considered the longest-running African American holiday.

Here is a list of upcoming events to acknowledge and celebrate the holiday. Email to add your event to the Free Press list.

June 4-30: Juneteenth Film Festival: The film festival will run during the month of June with different films showing each week that honors Black actors and actresses, writers, directors and filmmakers as well as showcasing films that present compelling moral stories and educate on racism and black history. Tickets are $5 with all net ticket proceeds going to the UNCF. Emagine Royal Oak, 200 N. Main, Royal Oak. Week of 6/4/21: Harriet (R), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (R), Moonlight (R); week of 6/11/21: Judas and the Black Messiah (R), One Night in Miami (R), If Beale Street Could Talk (R); week of 6/18/21: Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse (PG), Get Out (R), Ray (PG-13); week of 6/25/2:1 MLK/FBI (PG), Whose Streets? (R), Just Mercy (PG-13). 

2 p.m. June 13-19: 2021 WSU Juneteenth Opening Celebration: Wayne State University will celebrate with events and activities taking place across campus and in the city of Detroit.

June 17-19: Juneteenth Jubilee Freedom Weekend: The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will celebrate online, with some in-person elements. The celebration kicks off June 17 with “Juneteenth: Lift Every Voice,” a film documenting the anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” through the eyes of historic museums and anthropologists from across the U.S. It’s on the museum website at

7-10 p.m. June 18: Movie Night in the D Juneteenth Jubilee: Watch the film “Concrete Cowboys,” starring Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin at Campus Martius Park. Presented by Chase Bank’s Advancing Black Pathways initiative in collaboration with the Charles H. Wright Museum and Detroit Downtown Partnership. Free.

8 a.m.-8 p.m. June 19Juneteenth Family Reunion: There will be food, Black vendors, live music, entertainment, free giveaways and more. Catalpa Oaks County Park in Southfield. Free.

8 a.m.-dusk June 19: 45th Annual Walled Lake Beach Party/Market Day/unveiling of the renovated Underground Railroad House/Fireworks. Events will include an art fair with more than 50 local artists, live entertainment, food, former Detroit Red Wings Darren McCarty and Joe Kocur and former Detroit Lion Calvin Johnson signing autographs, tours through the restored Underground Railroad House and a fireworks display at dusk at East Lake Drive and Mercer Beach. 

9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 19: Juneteenth Mobility Stroll & Roll: The Dearborn route will begin at Michigan and Schaefer and end at Dearborn City Hall Park. Several stops are planned along the route. The event will include activities geared toward all ages, including a Kids Zone and a Mobility Zone. The program begins with dignitary speakers, music and a stretching session from 9-10 a.m. on the steps of City Hall Artspace and the Stroll & Roll starts at 10 a.m. Vendors and voting stations will be along the route. Free, but people are asked to register here.

10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 19: Juneteenth Celebration – Give Back Edition: The event will offer steps and resources to move the community forward. The following will be on a first come, first serve bases: HIV testing, hygiene kits, self-care kits, food boxes, diapers, formula and more. Resources will include credit repair, mental health, life insurance and more. 16065 Hamilton, Highland Park. Contact or with questions.

12-6 p.m. June 19: Juneteenth Jubilee Stroll on the Historic Avenue of Fashion: There will be more than 40 Black-owned businesses providing discounts, giveaways, entertainment, raffles, a live podcast, a wellness hub with free resources and more. The celebration kicks off at 11 a.m. with a street dedication to Marvin Gaye and then transitions to Livernois Avenue for more festivities. Check-in at Best Artist Management, 19954 Livernois, Detroit to pick up a map of participating businesses, swag bags and event materials. General stroll tickets are free with registration; VIP stroll ticket are $15 in advance.

12-5 p.m. June 19: Juneteenth Celebration Madison Heights 2021: There will be live entertainment, food trucks, vendor booths, Juneteenth flag raising, educational exhibits, children’s activities and more. Civic Center Park, 360 W 13 Mile, Madison Heights. Free.

12-10:30 p.m. June 19: Juneteenth In The D: A day of festival fun that includes food, play, listening, envisioning and learning in the area near Dabls Dabls MBAD African Bead Museum, 6559 Grand River in Detroit.

12-8 p.m. June 19:Juneteenth In Detroit Family Day: This 11th annual event will have food, music, games, challenges, keynote speakers, Fathers Day tug of war, Mr./Ms. Juneteenth and more. Maheras Gentry Park, 12550 Avondale, Detroit. Free.

1:45-6 p.m. June 19: Detroit Black Wall Street Juneteenth Celebration: Shop with local vendors, special performances, food and more. DLoft Lounge, 21380 Coolidge Highway, Oak Park.

2-11 p.m. June 19: Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration: Enjoy performances from The Game Changers Band, children’s activities, food, vendors and more. Pilgrim Village, 2550 Puritan, Detroit. Free.

3-7 p. June 19: Buy Black Juneteenth Pop Up Shop: Support local Black businesses in the Washtenaw County area. Ypsilanti Freighthouse, 100 Market Place, Ypsilanti. Free.

3-7 p.m. June 19: Juneteenth Celebration: This 2nd annual event will have games, Black-owned food trucks, vendors, speakers and more. Coleman TJ Community Center, 35351 Beverly, Romulus. Free.

4-8 p.m. June 19: Unity in the Community: a Juneteenth Celebration: A celebration of cultural diversity that will feature performers and entertainers, a panel of community leaders, food trucks and more. Municipal Park, behind Lathrup Village City Hall, 27400 Southfield, Lathrup Village.

4-10 p.m. June 19: Juneteenth Festival ’21: Celebrate Black art, culture, and more in mid-Michigan at REO Town Lansing, S. Washington (between Elm and South streets).

6-10 p.m. June 19: African American Leadership Awards Celebrates Juneteenth: Held at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison, Detroit.

6-12 p.m. June 20:Juneteenth at Corner Ballpark: A celebration that includes live entertainment, dinner, performances and more. 1680 Michigan, Detroit. $25-$70.

Brendel Hightower is an assistant editor at the Detroit Free Press. Contact her at 

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