As the Black Lives Matter movement continues, more communities are celebrating Juneteenth. The holiday is celebrated on June 19, 1865—the day, nearly two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, when Union General Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3 declaring all enslaved people in Galveston, Texas. did. free. The holiday has been celebrated in Texas since 1866 and is being adopted in other communities across the country, and efforts are underway to make it a national holiday. Meanwhile, there are a few ways you can celebrate it on Saturday, June 19th in Michigan.
Junethine Jubilee on the Historic Avenue of Fashionbi
This shopping experience supports black businesses on Detroit’s historic Avenue of Fashion, with each participating business offering discounts for registered shoppers. Plus, the walk includes a live podcast, raffles, health and wellness resources, and more. Proceeds will go to the Juneteenth Jubilee Detroit Educational Initiative and Black-owned partner organizations.
runs from -6 pm; 19954 Livernoise Ave., Detroit; eventbrite.com. Normal Stroll tickets are free with registration at Eventbrite; VIP Stroll tickets are $15 in advance.
Junethine Mobility Stroll and Roll
To celebrate the arduous struggle for mobility through society, the East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority’s Juneteenth event will highlight the different ways people move. Expect to see raves down Michigan Avenue on bikes, motorcycles, Vespas, skateboards, scooters, and more. A kickoff event with speakers, music and stretching exercises before the march will begin at 9 a.m., and the roll and stroke will begin at 10 a.m.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Old City Hall Park 13615 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; bit.ly/2S39W0Y; 313-943-3141. The event is free.
Juneteenth in D
Eat, play, listen, imagine and learn at this festival and experience a concert celebrating Blackness and talent in Detroit.
runs from -10:30 pm; 6559 Grand River Avenue, Detroit; eventbrite.com. Tickets are $5-$20.
Juneteenth Family Reunion
Families are invited for a day of games, live entertainment, activities, music, and a range of blackened vendors and food trucks. Children and the elderly eat free.
Catalpa Oaks Park from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; 27705 Greenfield Road, Southfield; 248-424-7081; juneteenthfamreunion.org/about. admission is free.
Juneteenth at the 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 a fee for some activities.
event time TBA; Mahers 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 on the front lawn of the critically acclaimed 2020 film Miss Juneteenth. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, snacks and beverages. The cost of the event is $10 per carload; Advance purchase recommended.
runs from 7-9 pm; 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 the Juneteenth. Adults will be provided with unlimited barbecue, a live DJ and drinks along with goggles, shoe coverings and a gown.
The program runs from 3-6 pm; Lafayette Lofts 1301 W. Lafayette Blvd. #114, Detroit; eventbrite.com. Admission is $45.
Unity in Community: A Juneteenth Celebration
Lathrup Village’s first Juneteenth celebration will include entertainment, music, a panel discussion with community leaders, food trucks, and bounce houses and obstacle courses for kids. Registration is required.
The program runs from 4-8 pm; Lathrup Village Parks and Recreation Department; 27400 Southfield Road, Lathrap 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 Washington County area.
The program runs from 3-7 pm; Ypsilanti Freighthouse; 100 Market Pl, Ypsilanti; eventbrite.com. admission is free.
‘From When We Come’ exhibition grand opening and book release
The Port Huron Museum will showcase the grand opening of the exhibition “When We Come: Black History in the Blue Water Area,” and will also sell 100 copies of a reprint of the book that inspired the exhibition. There will be live entertainment, and the museum will work closely with the St. Clair County Health Department to offer Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines for people 18 years of age and older. Masks should be worn indoors.
The program runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Port Huron Museum Carnegie Center; 1115 Sixth St., Port Huron; 810-982-0891; eventbrite.com. Donations appreciated.
Flint Juneteenth Independence Celebration
Everyone is welcome at this community event with live entertainment, games, gifts, food and vendors.
The program runs from 4-8 pm; Brush Park, 120 E. 1st St., Flint; flintjuneteenth.com/events. The event is free.
Flint Juneteenth Parade and Festival
The Juneteenth celebration throughout the city of Flint includes a parade from City Hall to Burston Field House. There will be educational exhibits, food, bounce houses and fun for all.
The parade is from 2 p.m., the festivities from 2-6 p.m. at Burston Field House; 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, the festival supports black businesses in Flint.
The program runs from 1-9 pm; Bakham Alley (between the beach and Saginaw streets), Flint; 810-768-3128; bit.ly/3ihwUff. admission is free.
Imagine Entertainment Juneteenth Film Festival
This second annual month-long film festival benefits the UNCF (United Negro College Fund). The film festival begins on Friday, June 4, with a different number 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; go; Ray; June 25: MLK/FBI, Whose Streets?, Just Mercy.
See website for full schedule; Imagine Royal Oak; 200 n. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-414-1000; imagine-entertainment.com. Tickets are $5.
Madison Heights 1st Juneth
Madison Heights celebrates its first Juneteenth with live music, food trucks, vendor booths, children’s activities, a petting zoo, rib-cooking contests, art contests, a mobile COVID-19 vaccine site, and an educational exhibit that explains the history will host. Of Juneteenth. The event begins with a 30-minute program outside City Hall with remarks from Mayor Roslyn Grafstein.
from 5 pm onwards; Civic Center Park, 360 W. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights; 248-589-2294; madisonheightsjuneteenth.com. Donations appreciated.
Metro Times intern Jessica Kwon contributed to this report.
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