Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is a celebratory tradition dating back more than 150 years commemorating General Gordon Granger’s reading of federal orders in the city of Galveston, Texas, proclaiming all slaves were to be free in the state of Texas. After almost two and half years since the Emancipation Proclamation had formally freed slaves, June 19, 1865 is often recognized as the end of slavery in the United States.
Organizations in the Oklahoma City metro area welcoming families to engage in important conversations about race, racial injustice and equality while having fun together. Here are a few Juneteenth events happening in OKC and beyond.
FREE Juneteenth Celebration at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr) features a “Music Through the Ages” themed celebration with educational presentations and musical performances representing Oklahoma’s unique African American roots. 6-8 p.m.
Tulsa Juneteenth Festival in the Historic Greenwood District (Greenwood Ave, Tulsa) features a festival that commemorates African American freedom, emphasizes education, celebrates the rich heritage of Greenwood, encourages healthy and active lifestyles, and advocates community impact. See website for schedule of events.
FREE Juneteenth on the East in Oklahoma City (N 23rd St Between N Kelham & N Hood) features live music, interactive murals, dance performances, spoken word, food trucks, vendors, a car show and a 5K run.. Saturday, 3-9 p.m.
Norman Juneteenth Festival at Reaves Park (2501 Jenkins Ave, Norman) features a live DJ, music, guest speakers, food trucks, performances, poetry, fireworks and more. 5:30-10 p.m.
FREE Juneteenth Music and Arts Festival at Washington Park (NE 4th St) features performances by Vokal Gold, B Les, Jon B, DJ Quik and more. 6:30 p.m.
If you are looking for even more family-friendly events, check out our searchable calendar.