Celebrate Freedom in Lawrence, Kansas

Juneteenth is the federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved people in America. Join us for a weekend full of events to celebrate Juneteenth, Lawrence's black community, and commemorate the struggle for freedom in Lawrence and Douglas County.

The Lawrence Juneteenth Celebration is back and better than ever, Saturday, June 17! Activities include historic tours, children's fun, live music, vendors, food, and the first-ever Lawrence Juneteenth Celebration Parade.

Juneteenth Celebration in Downtown Lawrence Kansas featuring Macy Gray

The festivities kick off with the Lawrence Juneteenth Parade at 11:00 AM. Following the parade, head over to South Park where a world of excitement awaits from noon until 8:00 PM. Enjoy an array of activities including fun for kids and oral histories. Discover the delectable flavors of local food vendors and the handiwork of craft vendors. A lineup of talented musicians will take the stage, with the Grammy-Award-winning artist Macy Gray headlining the event. 

Participate in the Blood Drive at the Community Building from noon to 4:00 PM. Your donation can make a lifesaving difference. Remember to schedule your appointment in advance online at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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