Celebrate Juneteenth with these events in Galveston and Houston area

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HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Galveston is known as the birth place of Juneteenth, when federal troops arrived on the island in 1865 to announce and enforce the emancipation of slaves.

The city will play a huge role in celebrations this Saturday, especially after a unanimous vote to establish Juneteenth as a city holiday.

But Galveston isn't the only place to find free festivities, whether you're looking for family-friendly events or plan to hang out with friends.

Before you head out, check this list to see where you can learn about the history of Juneteenth and ensure that it's never forgotten.


156th Galveston Juneteenth Celebration

42nd Annual Al Edwards' Celebration

10 a.m.

Ashton Villa, 2310 Broadway

Event is free and open to the public.

Galveston Island

Juneteenth Festival

Kermit Courville Field

1429 27th Street

2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This is a family-friendly celebration of freedom.

Emancipation Processional Re-enactment

Old Galveston Courthouse

19th and Winnie to Reedy Chapel AME Church, 21st and Broadway

6 p.m.

Marchers may gather at Reedy at 5:45 to walk over to the courthouse together, or they may choose to meet at the courthouse at 6 p.m. The march route is about 3 1/2 blocks.

Juneteenth Legacy Project events

"Absolute Equality" public art installation dedication with artist Reginald C. Adams and commissioned by the Juneteenth Legacy Project

22nd Street and Strand

History fair: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Drum-call by Curt Gillins: 10:30 a.m.

Violinist Bruce Kirkwood, 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Public art installation: 11:30 a.m.

B. Cole & The Zydeco Bulls: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Juneteenth parade

Begins at 26th and Ball and ends at 41st and Ball

1 p.m.

History, Slavery and Emancipation: A Conversation on Juneteenth

The Grand 1894 Opera House located at 2020 Postoffice

Limited seating. Tickets are available on the opera house website.

4 p.m.

Juneteenth fireworks

29th and Seawall

8:30 p.m.

READ MORE: Galveston City Council establishes Juneteenth as city holiday in unanimous vote

Missouri City

18th annual "One Mile of Smiles" parade

2440 Texas Parkway

7 p.m.


17th annual concert in the park

Hunters Glen Park

1340 Independence Blvd.

7 p.m.


Miller Outdoor Theater

A Gulf Coast Juneteenth featuring Bobby Rush

8:30 p.m.

Tickets are available now.

Capacity will be limited due to social distancing.

Fort Bend Black Heritage Society

BBQ Cook-off on Friday, June 18

Kendleton Park-N-Ride at corner of 2919 and Willie Melton Boulevard

Entry fee: $25

Saturday, June 19

Parade line-up at 9 a.m.

Bring your own lawn chairs - 541 & 2919 to the park

Festival at Bates Allen Park

630 Charlie Roberts Rd.

Kendleton, Texas 77451

Live entertainment featuring the Endurance Gospel Quartet and DJ 45 South

BLCK Market and Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

This second annual celebration will take place at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum at 3816 Caroline St.

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Kids 12 and under are free.

Emancipation Park Conservancy

Emancipation Park's 149th annual Juneteenth celebration

Events are planned throughout the week leading up to Saturday. Head to the Emancipation Park website for the full calendar.

Children's Museum of Houston Juneteenth Celebration

The Children's Museum of Houston will celebrate and honor the historic day with a series of events starting at 10 a.m.

  • DJ Ryan Line Dancing: Feel the beat and move your feet during our interactive dance sessions.
  • Vascola Stoney Spoken Word Poetry Workshop and Performance: Tap into the heart of yourself and others as you partake in a thought-provoking workshop while learning about Juneteenth.

  • Joy of Djembe African Drumming: Immerse yourself in rhythm and passion with the heart pounding beats of this interactive musical performance.
  • African Story Time: Learn about the history of Juneteenth and African legends and mythology.
  • Noisemakers with Juneteenth Colors: Make your voice heard while designing your very own noisemaker.
  • Chalk Art: Create inspiring and memorable artwork.


Reedy Chapel Virtual Program


Featuring interviews with: Sam Collins, initiator of the Juneteenth Legacy Project, Reginald Adams, principle artist of the mural "Absolute Equality," Opal Lee - tireless champion for a Juneteenth national holiday, and musical performance by contemporary violinist Dominique Hammons.

READ MORE ON OPAL LEE: 93-year-old Texas woman starts petition to make Juneteenth national holiday

Get more great content in our Juneteenth collection, watch live newscasts and experience in-depth reporting from ABC13 on your favorite streaming devices, like Roku, FireTV, AppleTV and GoogleTV. Just search "ABC13 Houston."