Jun 17, 2021 - News

A guide to Juneteenth celebrations in the Twin Cities

A man doing a backflip and people celebrating Juneteenth last year in George Floyd Square.
People celebrated Juneteenth last year in George Floyd Square. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Saturday is Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

Background: On June 19, 1865, enslaved people in Galveston, Texas learned they were free — more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863.

  • A bill declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday was passed by the House and Senate this week.
  • The city of Minneapolis designated it a holiday this year. City offices will be closed on Friday.

Here's what's happening around the Twin Cities:

  • Friday is Juneteenth Family Night at Creekview Park, hosted by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Music, a youth dance performance and activity bags provided. Virtual community panels will also be streamed tonight and Saturday.
  • The Juneteenth Revolutionary BlackOut Bike Ride returns on Saturday at Theodore Wirth Park. Get outdoors, listen to music and enjoy food from local Black farmers and chefs.
  • Also on Saturday, Black Lives Minnesota and others are holding a Reparations Juneteenth Celebration at the State Capitol.
  • Midtown Global Market will host a full Saturday afternoon of entertaining and educational programming, including some Juneteenth food specials.
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