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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. 


All Juneteenth events are on June 19 unless noted.

Republic Banks Juneteenth Celebration – Republic Bank YMCA 12-2pm. 

Celebrating Juneteenth Day at the Oldham County History Center – 10am-1pm. Join the Oldham County History Center as they commemorate Juneteenth Day. Events of the day will include activities for children, a cemetery walk at the Historic African American Cemetery in LaGrange, a showing of Kentucky Ancestors Town Hall featuring OCHC volunteer Ruby “Diane” Booker, and a presentation by Morris Mount Roberts Fellow Robert Bell, who will discuss his research and identification of 209 African American Union Civil War soldiers from Oldham County.

OC Juneteenth


Shawnee Friends of the Library – RECLAIMING OUR AFRICAN ROOTS & Jessie Stokes College Scholarship Fundraiser. 9:00 am- 1:00 pm. Roots 101 African American Museum.


Mr. and Miss Juneteenth Pageant– 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Holy Trinity Clifton School. Mr. and Miss Juneteenth is a celebration to commemorate emancipation from slavery. Juneteenth – also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day. We are celebrating solidifying the reality that black history is American history. Celebrating Juneteenth as a national holiday reminds us how far we’ve come and how far we have to go. With that been said this pageant is open to black, brown, bi-racial, and our allies! Let’s continue moving forward, have fun, and crown Kentuckiana’s First Mr. and Miss Juneteenth.
Juneteenth: Past, Present, Future – 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm., Roots 101 African American Museum,124 N 1st St, Louisville, KY. Including Poetry and Performances. A Journey In Our Footprints Walk along the river, and an (Un)Known Project Site Dedication and Libation Ceremony overlooking the river at 1:30p. 

Juneteenth: It’s STILL a Celebration – Shawnee Park, 2:00pm. The Community Collective returns again for the 2nd Annual Juneteenth celebration. Last year we gathered in the midst of the fighting and the pain, and we celebrated being us!!! We are back to STILL celebrate US!

Join us at the Shawnee Pavilion on Juneteenth; vendors, food, performances, and good people.


June 17-20

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 10:30-2:00 pm. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S. Join us for a festive day featuring live music and entertainment, crafts, and refreshments, including popcorn, cotton candy, and hot dogs. For all ages.

Juneteenth: Freedom – Griffin Recreation Center, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Families are invited to enjoy musical entertainment, cuisine from the past, inflatables, balloon artists, a kids game, prizes, and much more during the celebration of this historic event.

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

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