Juneteenth is a National and an Arizona holiday that marks the end of slavery. The date originally goes back to the end of slavery in Texas, June 19, 1866. Juneteenth has been celebrated yearly in Texas since then, and throughout the years, has spread across the country.
It’s a day for all members of the community to share experiences by acknowledging and celebrating the African American influence on our country and on our state.
Here in the Valley of the Sun there are a number of FREE events celebrating Juneteenth this year:
Valley of the Sun Juneteenth Celebration, Phoenix
Join neighbors at the Valley of the Sun JUNETEENTH Celebration, at Eastlake Park, Downtown Phoenix, on Saturday, June 17, from 5 – 10 pm. Entertainment will be provided by local artists. Learn from community groups and education workshops. There will be free health screenings on site.
Youth activities include age-appropriate activities and an essay contest. Plenty of authentic soul food will be available to purchase. Eastlake Park is at 1540 East Jefferson, Phoenix, 85034.
This event is FREE, but register ahead of time at this link: Valley of the Sun JUNETEENTH Celebration.
Juneteenth Freedom Celebration, Scottsdale
No city celebrates with more gusto than Scottsdale at the Juneteenth Freedom Celebration at Scottsdale Stadium, on Sunday, June 17, from 2 – 7 pm. Join this large celebration of family-oriented fun with food, live entertainment, history displays, and a kid’s corner. Raffle give-a-ways too!
Scottsdale Stadium is at 7408 East Osborn Road, Scottsdale, 85251. This event is FREE, but register ahead of time at this link: Juneteenth Freedom Celebration.
Tempe History Museum’s Juneteenth Celebration
Remember the past and look forward to the future is the theme of Tempe History Museum’s Juneteenth Celebration, taking place on Saturday, June 17, from 11 am to 3 pm, at 809 East Southern Avenue, Tempe, 85282.
This FREE event offers history, comedy, music, crafts, and food. Local African Americans who’ve contributed to Tempe’s history will be honored. Click here for more information: Juneteenth Celebration.
A Celebration of Culture, Community, and Joy in Tempe
Experience the fun at A Celebration of Culture, Community, and Joy, Juneteenth Celebration, Center Point Plaza, also in Tempe, on Sunday, June 17, from 7 to 10 pm.
At this FREE event, enjoy a Black Art showcase, live music, interactive education displays, and markets with both Black-owned vendors as well as international vendors.
Center Point Plaza is at 660 South Mill Avenue, Tempe, 85281. Click here for more information: A Celebration of Culture, Community, and Joy.