- East and West Dearborn Downtown Development Authorities
- Dearborn’s Juneteenth Mobility Stroll & Roll will see revelers roll down Michigan Avenue.
As the Black Lives Matter movement marches on, more communities are celebrating Juneteenth. The holiday commemorates June 19, 1865 — the day, nearly two-and-a-half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, when Union Gen. Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3 in Galveston, Texas, proclaiming all enslaved people free. The holiday has been celebrated in Texas since 1866 and is being embraced in other communities around the country, and an effort is underway to make it a national holiday. In the meantime, here are a few ways you can celebrate it in Michigan on Saturday, June 19.
Juneteenth Jubilee on the Historic Avenue of Fashion
This shopping experience supports Black businesses on Detroit's historic Avenue of Fashion, with each participating business providing a discount for registered shoppers. In addition, the stroll includes a live podcast, raffles, health and wellness resources, and more. Proceeds will go to the Juneteenth Jubilee Detroit educational initiatives and Black-owned partner organizations.
Runs from noon-6 p.m.; 19954 Livernois Ave., Detroit; eventbrite.com. General stroll tickets are free with registration at Eventbrite; VIP stroll tickets are $15 in advance.
Juneteenth Mobility Stroll & Roll
To celebrate the hard-fought access to mobility through society, the East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority's Juneteenth event will highlight the different ways people move. Expect to see revelers head down Michigan Avenue on bikes, motorcycles, vespas, skateboards, scooters, and more. A kickoff program with speakers, music, and pre-march stretching exercises will begin at 9 a.m., and the Roll & Stroll will commence at 10 a.m.
Runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Old City Hall Park 13615 Michigan Ave, Dearborn; bit.ly/2S39W0Y; 313-943-3141. Event is free.
Juneteenth in the D
Eat, play, listen, envision, and learn at this festival and concert experience celebrating Blackness and talent in Detroit.
Runs from noon-10:30 p.m.; 6559 Grand River Ave., Detroit; eventbrite.com. Tickets are $5-$20.
Juneteenth Family Reunion
Families are invited to a day of games, live entertainment, activities, music, and an array of Black vendors and food trucks. Kids and seniors eat free.
Runs from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Catalpa Oaks Park; 27705 Greenfield Rd., Southfield; 248-424-7081; juneteenthfamreunion.org/about. Admission is free.
Juneteenth in Detroit Festival
Families are welcome to enjoy food, music, games, contests, a lip-sync battle, and more. Blankets and chairs are recommended, and the event is free, with fees for some activities.
Event times TBA; Maheras Gentry Park; 12550 Avondale St., Detroit; metroparent.com/events/juneteenth-in-detroit-festival-at-maheras-gentry-park.
'Miss Juneteenth' Movie Night
Southfield's municipal complex will host an outdoor screening of the critically acclaimed 2020 film Miss Juneteenth on the front lawn. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, snacks, and beverages. The event costs $10 per carload; advance purchase recommended.
Runs from 7-9 p.m.; Southfield Municipal Complex 26000 Evergreen Rd., Southfield; bit.ly/34NbxKX.
Juneteenth Painting with Darts
Pop paint-filled balloons with darts at Lafayette Lofts to create your own abstract street art in celebration of Juneteenth. Goggles, shoe coverings, and a gown will be provided, along with unlimited barbecue, a live DJ, and drinks for the adults.
Event runs from 3-6 p.m.; Lafayette Lofts 1301 W. Lafayette Blvd. #114, Detroit; eventbrite.com. Admission is $45.
Unity in the Community: A Juneteenth Celebration
Lathrup Village's first-ever Juneteenth celebration will include entertainment, music, a panel discussion with community leaders, food trucks, and a bounce house and obstacle course for the kids. Registration is required.
Event runs from 4-8 p.m.; Lathrup Village Parks and Recreation Department; 27400 Southfield Rd., Lathrup Village; eventbrite.com. Admission is free.
Buy Black Juneteenth Pop-Up Shop
This pop-up shop event will feature local Black-owned fashion brands in the Washtenaw County area.
Event runs from 3-7 p.m.; Ypsilanti Freighthouse; 100 Market Pl., Ypsilanti; eventbrite.com. Admission is free.
'From Whence We Came' Exhibit Grand Opening and Book Release
The Port Huron Museum will showcase the grand opening of the exhibit "From Whence We Came: Black History in the Blue Water Area," and will also sell 100 copies of a reprint of the book that inspired the exhibit. There will be live entertainment, and the museum will work with the St. Clair County Health Department to offer Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines for those 18 and over. Masks must be worn indoors.
Event runs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Port Huron Museum Carnegie Center; 1115 Sixth St., Port Huron; 810-982-0891; eventbrite.com. Donations appreciated.
Flint Juneteenth Freedom Festival
All are welcome to this community event with live entertainment, games, giveaways, food, and vendors.
Event runs from 4-8 p.m.; Brush Park, 120 E. 1st St., Flint; flintjuneteenth.com/events. Event is free.
Flint Juneteenth Parade and Festival
Flint's citywide Juneteenth celebration includes a parade from City Hall to Berston Field House. There will be educational exhibits, food, bounce houses, and fun for all.
Parade is from noon-2 p.m., festival at Berston Field House from 2-6 p.m.; City Hall is located at 101 Saginaw St., Flint; Berston Field House is at 3300 Saginaw St., Flint; exploreflintandgenesee.org/event/flint-city-wide-juneteenth-weekend-2021/592/.
Black Buckham Juneteenth Festival
Presented by Comma Bookstore, this celebration supports Black businesses in Flint.
Event runs from 1-9 p.m.; Buckham Alley (between Beach and Saginaw Streets), Flint; 810-768-3128; bit.ly/3ihwUff. Admission is free.
Emagine Entertainment Juneteenth Film Festival
This second annual month-long film festival benefits the UNCF (United Negro College Fund). The film festival begins Friday, June 4 with a different set of films each week. Week of June 4: Harriet, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Moonlight; June 11: Judas and the Black Messiah, One Night in Miami, If Beale Street Could Talk. June 18: Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse; Get Out; Ray; June 25: MLK/FBI, Whose Streets?, Just Mercy.
See website for full schedule; Emagine Royal Oak; 200 N. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-414-1000; emagine-entertainment.com. Tickets are $5.
Madison Heights First Juneteenth Celebration
Madison Heights will host its first-ever Juneteenth celebration with live music, food trucks, vendor booths, children's activities, a petting zoo, rib-cooking competition, art contest, a mobile COVID-19 vaccine site, and an educational exhibit explaining the history of Juneteenth. The event kicks off with a 30-minute program outside of city hall with remarks from Mayor Roslyn Grafstein.
From noon-5 p.m.; Civic Center Park, 360 W. 13 Mile Rd., Madison Heights; 248-589-2294; madisonheightsjuneteenth.com. Donations appreciated.
A special celebration of Black culture, cuisine, and history. Indoor/outdoor event will feature food trucks, jumbo games, bounce houses, carnival games, and more.
Time TBA; The Eastern, 3434 Russell St., Detroit; 313-914-1104 ; theeasterndetroit.com. Tickets are $30 or $400 for a table with a bottle of Siembre Tequila and four tickets.
Metro Times intern Jessica Kwon contributed to this report.