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June 10, 2022

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While it has long been celebrated in African American communities, Juneteenth has taken on a higher profile after becoming a federal holiday last year in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. Known as Black Fourth of July, Independence Day, Freedom Day, and Jubilee Day, Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned that they were free—two years after the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863.

Locally, unlike early celebrations of Juneteenth that saw one large communal gathering, this year’s celebrations, like last year’s, look to be a series of events leading up to and on Juneteenth. One catch this year? The weather. Weather forecasts point to a sweltering Juneteenth/Father’s Day on June 19, with temps soaring close to 100 degrees. So make sure to stay hydrated if celebrating outdoors. Below, find a list of free or low-cost indoor and outdoor events to celebrate the nation’s newest federal holiday.

Juneteenth 2022: Community Events

Juneteenth Breakfast

8:30 am – 10:30 am @ Minnesota Humanities Center, 987 Ivy Avenue East
St. Paul

Celebrate Freedom Day with the soulful sounds of Jevetta Steele, followed by a talk by Angela Tate, curator of women’s history at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, who will highlight the role of women, and in particular Black sororities, in upholding Juneteenth traditions nationwide. Professor Duchess Harris will moderate a discussion. $10.

“Kumbayah: The Juneteenth Story” Live Play

10 am & 7 pm @ Breck School’s Carlson Theatre, 123 Ottawa Ave. N., Golden Valley

This year Sweet Potato Comfort Pie will host its 2nd Annual Juneteenth Jubilee with two live theater productions at Breck School’s Carlson Theatre.Writtenby Rose McGee, the 90-minute fictitious, two-act play weaves music and storytelling together to celebrate and recount the history of Juneteenth. Free.

St. Cloud Juneteenth 2022
3-9 pm @  Lake George Municipal Park, 1101 7th St S. St. Cloud
The Higher Works Collaborative is celebrating its 25th Annual Juneteenth Celebration with a salute to Black women. Community members are invited to enjoy a full day of live music, games, activities, vendors, a grill-off, health clinics, and more. Free.

Juneteenth: Freedom Aint Free
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm @ North Hennepin Community College | 7411 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park

With the theme of “freedom ain’t free,” this community gathering is open to all Brooklyn Park residents. The celebration includes family activities, performances, storytelling, a resource fair, DJ, raffles, food trucks and more. Free.

Apple Valley Juneteenth 2022 – Unapologetically Black
4:30 pm-8:30 pm @  Apple Valley Community Center, 14603 Hayes Road, Apple Valley
Billed as a Juneteenth event like no other, this celebration offers an unabashed celebration of Blackness from history to commerce. The event features a dance production, vendors, a community booth with resources and more. Free.

Harrison Juneteenth Celebration

5:30-7:30 pm @ Harrison Park, 503 Irving Ave. N., Mpls Harrison Recreation Center and Harrison Neighborhood are collaborating for an outdoor celebration with music, dancing, activities, and food. Free.

Lessons Throughout History With Nothando Zulu

6-7 pm | Online event via Zoom

Master storyteller Nothando Zulu will offer lessons on Juneteenth, Reconstruction and more at this Hennepin County Library event. Free.

Creekview Juneteenth Celebration
 6-8 pm @ Creekview Park, 5001 Humboldt Ave. N., Mpls
This Minneapolis Park Board event offers music, food, children’s activities, and more with a dusk screening of the movie “Summer of Soul” directed by Best Documentary Oscar-winner Questlove. Free.