juneteenth in washington

Juneteenth Celebrations 2024

Celebrate Juneteenth in Washington with a variety of events hosted by local communities. From city-organized parties to family-friendly activities, there’s something for everyone to help honor this historic holiday.

June 15: City of Lacey Juneteenth Celebration


Join the City of Lacy as the community fathers to celebrate Juneteenth in Washington at the Regional Athletic Complex from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This exciting event will feature a free BBQ lunch, live music, free haircuts and educational programming. 
Cost: Free, though non-perishable food items are appreciated for Thurston County Food Bank.
For more information: cityoflacey.org.

June 15: NAAM Annual Skate Party: Juneteenth Celebration


Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) is excited to host the NAAM Annual Skate Party: Juneteenth Celebration at Judith’s Park from noon to 5 p.m. This vibrant community event will feature skates for rent, a plethora of food truck vendors to explore, live music and more. The celebration will also feature informative tents with products, services and community resources, and the museum will be open to explore. 
Cost: Free; skates are available to rent.
For more information: naamnw.org.

Juneteenth 2022 celebrations

June 16: Celebrating Fathers: Juneteenth Celebration


In addition to free entry into the Northwest African American Museum, this Juneteenth and Father’s Day celebration (taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) will include fun for the whole family, including interactive story times, a film festival, indulgent fare from food trucks, music from Goody Bagg and more. Additionally, dads at the event will receive a special Father’s Day gift from the NAAM. 
Cost: Free. 
For more information: naamnw.org.

June 19: City of Ellensburg’s Juneteenth Celebration


Commemorate the end of slavery during the City of Ellensburg’s Juneteenth Celebration, taking place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The cultural celebration will feature historic programming dedicated to Juneteenth, including a digital map of Ellensburg highlighting sites significant to the Black community from Kittitas County Historical Museum; music performances from Black Grenade Entertainment; speeches from community leaders; and a summer night market on Pine Street, with handcrafted treasures, savory plates and live music. 
Cost: Free. 
For more information: libguides.lib.cwu.edu.

NAAM Juneteenth Day Celebration

June 19: NAAM Juneteenth Day Celebration 


With book giveaways, community activities, new exhibit debuts and free admission, NAAM’s Juneteenth Day Celebration (taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) is a must-visit. The latest exhibitions, “Emmett Till & Mamie Till-Mobley: Let the World See” and “Interrupting Privilege,” will make debut during the event, with visitors getting the first look at the displays. 
Cost: Free. 
For more information: naamnw.org.

June 19: Juneteenth Celebration: A Road to Economic Freedom


A family-friendly event commemorating Juneteenth in Washington, Juneteenth Celebration: A Road to Economic Freedom at Stewart Heights Park, is back for another year celebrating the historic holiday. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with festivities in store for all ages, including over 100 vendors selling goods from local businesses, an assortment of food trucks to indulge in, a Miss Juneteenth Pageant, a kid’s play zone (bouncy houses, games, arts and crafts), resource tents from state and local dignitaries and music performances from artists like Swego, Silas D, Will Jordan, DJ Qualifi and DJ Don Gee.
Cost: Free. 
For more information: juneteenthwa.com.

The Olympia Juneteenth Celebration of Liberty and Freedom

June 22: Olympia Juneteenth Celebration of Liberty and Freedom


The Women of Color in Leadership Movement hosts a special Juneteenth in Washington event at Rebecca Howard Park from 1 to 5 p.m. This event will feature performances and presentations as well as The Marketplace featuring a vendor area with Black-owned and -operated businesses.
Cost: Free. 
For more information: www.facebook.com.

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