Detroit Juneteenth Celebrations in 2022 

The year 2022 marks the 157th anniversary of Juneteenth, a holiday that honors the end of slavery in the United States.  

On June 19, 1865, Union troops marched into Galveston, Texas and took control of the state to free all who were enslaved. Juneteenth is the longest-running Black/African American holiday, and there is no shortage of ways to celebrate it in Detroit in 2022.  

4th Annual Juneteenth Jubilee Detroit (JJD) Freedom Weekend  

Juneteenth Jubilee Detroit (JJD) will celebrate Juneteenth weekend with three family-friendly events dedicated to artistic expression and small businesses. JJD is a volunteer-based committee devoted to developing resources, programming, and events that address educational equity and economic sustainability for the Detroit community. 

Friday, June 17: In partnership with Eastern Market Brewing Company and Brewz Brothaz, JJD will showcase local visual and musical artists. There will be food trucks, a live podcast, and more. The Rhythm & Art Block Party takes place between 6-10 p.m. at Eastern Market Brewing Company. 

Saturday, June 18: The second annual Juneteenth Jubilee Stroll will consist of a unique shopping day, including 40-plus businesses, a live podcast, a kids’ village with activities and programming, a mainstage with local entertainers, a health and wellness fair to provide screenings and resources around physical and mental health, a marketplace for local vendors, and an artists’ hub. The stroll runs from noon until 6 p.m. on the Livernois Historic Avenue of Fashion.  

Sunday, June 19: Juneteenth Jubilee Detroit will partner with The City of Detroit, Metro Detroit Black Business Alliance, Detroit Branch NAACP, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Means Business, and Eastern Market Development Corporation for the Juneteenth Freedom Fest. This festival will include a plethora of activities as well as a performance by Detroit’s own Slum Village. Juneteenth Freedom Fest is between noon and 6 p.m. It will take over Shed 5 at Eastern Market. 

Education, Economic Independence, and Community Engagement at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 

The Wright Museum expands and deepens the Juneteenth Jubilee Weekend with presentations that span a range of topics and activities centered around its annual theme of Education, Economic Independence, and Community Engagement. 

Over the course of this free two-day event between June 18-19, the Museum will partner with community-based organizations to present a movie screening and a Saturday treasure hunt, in which families will be encouraged to visit historic sites around downtown and near east side Detroit. The first five families to register will receive a Juneteenth Gift Ba’ from the Wright Museum. Register for free at this link 

Sunday features a music concert that spans the genres and generations of Black music from the 1800s until today, in celebration of Black Music Month in June. Then, there will be presentations from the League of Women Voters focusing on voting rights issues.  

The Wright Museum will also create and deliver a 5-minute video segment, ‘Echo Freedom’ for Blkfreedom.com, as part of a virtual program of the Juneteenth celebrations called “We the People”. 

This event is available both online and in-person. The Wright is located at 315 E. Warren Ave. in Detroit.  

The Detroit/Downriver A. Philip Randolph Institute’s (APRI) Juneteenth Celebration  

Educators, speakers, poets, musicians, and dancers will be on hand for the APRI Detroit/Downriver chapter’s Juneteenth Celebration 

Voter registration and education will also be provided, and there will be free lunch and refreshments.  

This free event is on Saturday, June 18 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the UAW Local 500 on 10550 Dix Ave. in Dearborn.  

1st Annual Dearborn/Dearborn Heights Juneteenth Gala and 2nd Annual Summer Celebration of Culture 

The heritage, freedom and excellence of African Americans will be celebrated on Friday, June 17 with a fundraising event featuring live entertainment, food, and fun.  

The dress code for the event is formal attire, and there are many sponsorships, donation, and volunteer opportunities. Individual tickets are $50. A full table costs $400.  

If you would like to guarantee that you sit next to your peers, the Dearborn Heights Community & Cultural Relations Commission recommends purchasing a full table. Contact Leslie Windless at 313-695-7054 or [email protected] if you have questions regarding this event, which is from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. at Henry Ford College, located at 5101 Evergreen Road.  

Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite, here 

Then, on Sunday, the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Dearborn Heights cultural festival returns for day of live entertainment, food, and fun. This free event runs from 1-4 p.m. at the Richard A. Young Recreation Center at 5400 McKinley St. in Dearborn Heights.  

Madison Heights 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration at Civic Center Park 

Madison Heights Citizen United invites families to celebrate Juneteenth with educational exhibits, speakers, entertainment, food trucks, vendor booths and fun activities for kids. 

This free event is from noon until 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 18. It will take place at Civic Center Park, located at 360 W. 13 Mile Road in Madison Heights.   

Detroit Black-owned businesses, restaurants to support  

There are hundreds of Black-owned businesses that Michigan residents and those near Metro Detroit can support all year-round. Visit Detroit compiled a list of more than 75 Black-owned restaurants, retail stores, museums, fitness centers, spas and other businesses Detroiters should consider visiting soon.  

Click here to view Visit Detroit’s complete list. 

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