Celebrate Juneteenth in the Region

A partial list of celebrations to attend

Juneteenth marks the day Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865, and informed the last remaining enslaved people of their freedom, which was established nearly three years earlier by Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. The day represents one of the many ways freedom has been delayed for Black people.

After Juneteenth, African Americans left the south in large numbers. One of the states people migrated to is Washington. Learn more about the Great Migration and Washington’s Black History.

Juneteenth is a day to celebrate as well as reflect on the racial injustices that continue to persist today. PSRC is seeking to address these injustices through our Regional Equity Strategy. Check out one of the events below to learn more about the significance of the holiday and celebrate locally.

 

  • Auburn: The City of Auburn will host a Juneteenth Festival at Les Gove Park on June 18. The celebration will feature live music, food trucks, inflatable rides for the kids to enjoy, and opportunities to support Black businesses. 12-5 p.m. Website.
  • Bremerton: Juneteenth Freedom Festival 2022 on June 18 in Evergreen Park. The celebration will feature a People’s March, entertainment, education and opportunities for reflection, and food. Starting at 10:00 a.m. More Info.
  • Issaquah: The City of Issaquah and its newly created Equity Board are hosting an in-person educational community event, featuring Mr. Delbert Richardson on June 20 at 5 p.m. at the Issaquah Senior Center. Learn more.
  • Kent: 2022 Juneteenth Celebration presented By Kent Black Action Commission. June 18th 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Morrill Meadows Park, Learn more.
  • Monroe: Monroe Equity Council is hosting a Juneteenth celebration June 18th from 12-4 p.m. at Skykomish River Park. There will be food, celebration, and education. Learn more.
  • Renton: Renton will celebrate Juneteenth at its crowd-created gathering place, the Renton Black Lives Matter Street Mural! June 18, 2022, 12-2 p.m. BLM Street Mural 302 Lake Street.
  • Seattle (Othello Park): It Takes a Village AMSA will be hosting a 3-day Juneteenth Celebration at Othello Park June 17-19. Learn more.
  • Seattle (Rainier Beach): Atlantic Street Center will have food trucks, live performances, local vendors, and community resources at its event on June 19, 2022 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Learn more.
  • Seattle (West Seattle): Pacific Northwest Black Pride presents a day of recognition, restoration, and celebration at Youngtown Flats on June 19, 2022 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Link.