Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States nearly 2 1/2 years after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation on June 19th, 1865. Check out the list of activities organized by the Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board and Juneteenth Community Board commemorating Juneteenth:

June 13-19: Juneteenth Story Strolls Story Strolls are a fun way to enjoy reading while spending time outdoors. Community members are invited to visit the park and walk the path as they read the book. This is a self-guided tour that families can enjoy at their leisure.

Story Stroll signs will be up on a continuous basis for the week.

“Black is a Rainbow Color” by Angela Joy
Location: Trails near Theodore Wirth Beach area “Juneteenth for Mazie” by Floyd Cooper

“Juneteenth for Mazie” by Floyd Cooper
Location: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park “The Undefeated” by Kwame Alexander

“The Undefeated” by Kwame Alexander
Location: North Commons Park. Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Library. 

Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Library

June 15 (Dusk/9 pm):
Drive-In Movie: “42”
Location: Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board Headquarters
Register Here

June 17 (6-8 pm):
Community Panel Discussion – Bridging the Gap Virtual

June 18 (7-9 pm):
Shingle Creek Juneteenth Family Night
Location: Creekview Park
– Announcement of Essay Contest Award Winner and Coloring Contest 
– DJ music provided Djdime
– A special announcement from General Granger 
– Youth dance performance  Distribution of Juneteenth Activity Bags

June 18 (Dusk/9 pm):
Outdoor Movie: The Great Debaters
Location: Creekview Park All June 18th activities presented in collaboration with Shingle Creek Neighborhood Association and Creekview Park. 

June 19 (10 am -Noon):
Community Panel Discussion – Public Safety: Where Do We Go From Now
Virtual (1 pm – 3 pm)
Music in the Park – DJ D.I.M.E., Jovonta Patton, Royal Family Music Group
Flight for Freedom – Kite Flight
Location: Bethune Park
9 pm
Outdoor Movie: Jumanji: The Next Level
Location: Webber Park

More ways to learn about Juneteenth: