Your Guide to Celebrating Juneteenth in Kansas City
Where to Celebrate Juneteenth in KC, Monday, June 19, 2023
For almost 200 years, the celebration of Juneteenth has been a day of celebration amongst many African American families as it commemorates the emancipation of slaves in the South. On June 19th, 1865, more than 250,000 enslaved African Americans were finally free by an executive order thus becoming known as Juneteenth.
As parents and caregivers, it is crucial to educate our children about the full spectrum of American history, including the triumphs and struggles of African Americans. By learning about and celebrating Juneteenth, families have a unique opportunity to impart crucial values of equality and freedom to the next generation.
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These annual celebrations are a great way to honor those that were once enslaved as well as learn about the history and culture of African Americans.
This year, Kansas City will once again have many local family-friendly celebrations commemorating Juneteenth. Save this guide to find out what’s happening near you.
Juneteenth Events in Kansas:
This Juneteenth celebration will feature community speakers, historical readings, food trucks, musical performances, and more.
This freedom celebration will host a variety of Black Owned vendors, crafts, face painting, music, and more.
The 3rd Annual Juneteenth celebration brings speakers and events to learn the importance of history and how we can learn from it.
This free community event will be full of local vendors, music, speakers, a parade, and more. Bring the family out to celebrate freedom and unity.
This Juneteenth celebration will include live music, games, yummy food, a parade, and more.
Join the city of Weston as they honor and celebrate the history of Juneteenth. There will be music, poetry, folk art, storytelling, and more.
This celebration will be held at the BlaKCK MarQet at 1801 Quindaro Blvd in Kansas City, KS.
Juneteenth Events in Missouri:
One of KC’s biggest Juneteenth celebrations is back with a parade and a huge family-friendly festival. This celebration will have musical performances, art exhibits, and more.
This black-owned bookstore is hosting a block party to celebrate Juneteenth! Enjoy food, music, books, culture, and more.
Other Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth:
Visit the Library
The library has a variety of books, DVDs, and movies that celebrate black voices and host years of history. Check out books and more that share the history and culture of Juneteenth.
Support Black Businesses
Kansas City has many, many black-owned businesses. Shop local and support small black-owned businesses around the metro.
Another way to celebrate Juneteenth is to visit the Negro League Museum. While the Negro Leagues happened many decades later, learning about the accomplishments of African American athletes is another great way to honor those that have overcome the challenges of slavery and segregation.
With Juneteenth, an official federal holiday, use this time off to learn and honor the past of enslaved African Americans as well as enjoy the accomplishments and culture
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