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Juneteenth Day Events in Louisville


Juneteenth is on June 19 every year. More and more events are popping up to celebrate this day in American history. 

Over the last few years, an effort has been made to recognize and celebrate Juneteenth and what it means to in American history. We have compiled a list of events that are happening around the city. These events are family-friendly and family fun. 


A little bit of history

Juneteenth is the oldest celebration of the ending of slavery in the United States. The celebration started in Galveston, TX in 1865. It is regarded as African American Emancipation Day and has spread across the United States and to other countries. 

Events are put on for Juneteenth to honor African American freedom and emphasize education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations and family gatherings. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities, and religions are joining hands to acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. 


Louisville Juneteenth Festival – June 16-19 on the Belvedere 

Miss Juneteenth Pageant: June 16, 1:00-5:00pm, Fourth Street Live
Juneteenth Youth Jamboree: June 18, 10am-3pm, Berrytown Park.
Juneteenth: ‘On the Banks of Freedom’: Featuring drumming circle, libation ceremony and more. 1:00-2:00pm, free to the public. June 19th
The Cook Out: June 19, Black Players for Change and Black Women’s Player Collective officially bring you their first joint event to celebrate the progress and impact that their organizations have brought to the game. They will be hosting “The Cookout,” not just to honor their collaborative efforts to bring awareness and a safe space for black athletes in soccer but to celebrate Juneteenth, our day commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans. 12-4pm
Juneteenth Celebration – Shawnee Park, Monday, June 20th from 3:00pm-6:00pm. We’re back for a second year to celebrate Juneteenth! Juneteenth, June 19th, is the day slaves in Texas were finally notified of their freedom. We celebrate Juneteenth with vendors form all of our city, and talent showcased.

June 11th, 15th, and 17-19th

Kentucky Black Festival

There are several events happening over the duration of the festival. Please see their website site to see dates, times, events, and what the age limit is to attend. 

Indiana Celebrations

The Floyd County Library – Help the Floyd County Library document local African American history! Bring your photos of family members, home life, local events, Black-owned businesses, and notable residents for staff to scan while you wait. You’ll receive your originals back along with a free archival-quality digital copy, and the library will keep a copy to preserve and share online. June 18, 11am-2pm

Know of more Juneteenth events, email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net.

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