Juneteenth Events for Metro Detroit Families

June 19 commemorates the abolition of slavery in America and is a major reason to celebrate.

While America still has a long way to go in creating equality for Black people, the whole world celebrates this historical moment each year on June 19, which is now known as Juneteenth, or Freedom Day. 

There are many ways to teach our kids about Juneteenth and celebrate the holiday. We’ve rounded up some Juneteenth events for your family to explore this year.

Macomb

Juneteenth Festival in Downtown Mount Clemens

June 16-17, 2023

This festival features an art and craft show presented by Downtown Mount Clemens and G.I.R.L. and a day of reflection and remembrance.

Juneteenth Weekend Celebration at Cairns Community Center

June 16-19, 2023

Kick off the celebration on Friday at “The Meet Up” where you can enjoy a fish fry and meet local leaders and resource organizations. Saturday is “Family Game Day,” where adults and kids play indoor and outdoor games. Sunday is “Desserts with Dad,” where there will be tasty treats and photo ops. End the weekend with “Free At Last” on Monday, where there will be arts and crafts, music, hustle lessons, performers, food trucks, games and bounce houses.

Oakland

Juneteenth Celebration at the Novi Public Library

June 17, 2023

Celebrate Juneteenth at Novi Public Library with storytelling, live band, fraternity step show, sorority vocal ensemble, musical string ensemble, children’s story time and food trucks. For all ages.

Madison Heights Juneteenth Celebration at Civic Center Park

June 17, 2023

Families are invited to celebrate Juneteenth with fun activities for kids, food trucks, educational exhibits, speakers, vendor booths and entertainment.

Washtenaw

2023 Juneteenth, Freedom Day Celebration – University of Michigan at Michigan League

June 15-16, 2023

The theme of this year’s event is, “Systems Check: Exploring Structural Solutions to Systemic Racism.” This year’s celebratory events include a community prayer breakfast, a Black film festival and the Kidz Zone tent at the Top of the Park.

Juneteenth Celebration 2023 at South Huron Parking Lot

June 16-18, 2023

Celebrate the community’s third Annual Juneteenth Celebration weekend with a Divine 9 Community Mixer on Friday, hustle lessons, artistry and bands on Saturday and service and music from Gospel Greats on Sunday.

Wayne

Juneteenth Stories and More for All Ages at Plymouth District Library

June 15, 2023

Visit the Plymouth District Library to hear storytellers Mary J. Grant, Karen Ledford and Larry Castlebury, perform stories about Juneteenth. For all ages. Registration required.

Juneteenth Celebration at Leanna Hicks Public Library

June 17, 2023

Hear the library connect Juneteenth to the past, present and future of Freedom in the Inkster community by Walking in the Footsteps of History. There will also be games, singing, dancing, food and interactive fun.

Juneteenth Community Celebration at Calvary Presbyterian Church

June 17, 2023

Enjoy a family-friendly time in the community at this 3rd annual Juneteenth event. There will be African drumming, African dancing, historians, a comedian, poetry, musical performances, vendors, kids zone and more.

Juneteenth Heritage Day at Nankin Mills Park

June 17, 2023

Activities at this annual Juneteenth event will include a Kids Zone, crafts, food vendors, storytelling, special presentations and much more.

Juneteenth Freedom Fest at Eastern Market Shed 5

June 18, 2023

Enjoy a pop-up exhibit highlighting the Walk to Freedom. Also, shop clothing and other paraphernalia.

Juneteenth Jubilee at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

June 19, 2023

Celebrate Juneteenth at this annual event that features live music, storytelling, hustle dance classes, pony rides and more. 

Find even more Juneteenth events in our online calendar.

This post was originally published in 2020 and is updated regularly.


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Since 1986, the Metro Parent editorial team is trained to be the go-to source for metro Detroit families, offering a rich blend of expert advice, compelling stories, and the top local activities for kids. Renowned for their award-winning content, the team of editors and writers are dedicated to enriching family life by connecting parents with the finest resources and experiences our community has to offer.

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