Celebrating Juneteenth Across Michigan

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth (combo of June + Nineteenth), is an annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States after the Civil War, has been celebrated since the late 1800s.

On June 19, 1865, about two months after the Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Va., Gordon Granger, a Union general, arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved African Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. General Granger’s announcement put into effect the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued more than two and a half years earlier, on Jan. 1, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln.

The holiday is also called “Juneteenth Independence Day,” “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day.” In 2021, it was made a federal holiday and now is celebrated across the United States, including all over Michigan!

Where/How Can I Celebrate?

If you’re located in Metro Detroit area, there are lot of family-friendly events to help you celebrate and learn. There is a comprehensive list on this page.

If you’re based in Lansing, this website links to information about the Juneteenth Parade being held on Saturday at 11am: https://www.lansingjuneteenthcelebration.org/

In the Grand Rapids area, this article lists celebrations and parade happening around town: https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/2022/06/parade-festi…

In Alpena, they’re hosting a Juneteenth workshop on June 18 and you can find more info how to register here: https://www.thealpenanews.com/life/2022/06/juneteenth-worksh…