Where to Celebrate Juneteenth in Houston

Juneteenth Sunday, June 19. There are lots of events happening around town for you to celebrate Juneteenth in Houston with the whole family this year.

family with arms around each otherCelebrating memories is a great way to honor the past and learn from our experiences- big and small. Sometimes though, we avoid holidays because we don’t know how to celebrate them—or if we should. Don’t avoid celebrating the rich history of Juneteenth because you do not know what to do.

Juneteenth Prep at Home

Trees, candy, and shirts are great for celebrating Juneteenth. You might even see me rocking a matching outfit with my son so we can get a cute photo op. Of course, none of this is necessary. Kids are still learning the meaning behind the events that are familiar to adults. So just like you might explain the importance of a holiday like Easter before an egg hunt, try that same approach with Juneteenth.

Explain the meaning then find an event, book, or even documentary to attend, read, or watch together.

What is Juneteenth?

According to Webster’s dictionary, Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated on June 19 to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the US. The holiday was first celebrated in Texas, where on that date in 1865, in the aftermath of the Civil War, slaves were declared free under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation.

Ask Questions to Your Kids

Do you know what Juneteenth is? Are there words in that definition that you didn’t understand? What are your friends saying about Juneteenth? Have you seen or heard something online about Juneteenth that you want to discuss?

Do what Comes Naturally

If you and your family love parades, attend the Juneteenth parade. If you share books before bedtime, read a book with them or talk to your older kids about one they can read on their own. If you like shopping together, buy Black that day.  If you are planning a beach trip this summer, stop at the memorial in Galveston before your trip. Just don’t go overboard if that’s not your thing. Kids will know that you are not sincere and may miss the importance of remembering this day.

Celebrate Juneteenth in Houston

There are a lot of great events that honor the legacy of freedom that Juneteenth commemorates. Add them to your calendar or just remember the meaning behind the activity, because part of our job as parents is to teach our kids so they can in turn teach their own kids. Small steps make a big difference when we emphasize the meaning all year long, and not just on one day.

Emancipation Park’s 150th Juneteenth Celebration

Saturday, June 18-Sunday, June 19, 2022
4:00 pm- 10:00 pm
3018 Emancipation Avenue, Houston, TX 77004

This FREE celebration, presented by Kinder Foundation, will feature local vendors, a resource fair, and national recording artists.

Juneteenth Celebration at Children’s Museum Houston

Saturday, June 18
10:00 am- 6:00 pm
1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004

Hear about the life and leadership of Harriet Tubman, get interactive with a djembe drumming session, hear a children’s tale about diversity and inclusion from author Jatrean Sanders, snap a pic with Black Panther, and more. Tickets are $15 for age 1+

Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom

Sunday, June 19
12:00 pm- 8:00 pm
1607 Dan St. Houston, TX 77020

This celebration, in Houston’s historic 5th Ward, will feature a BB Pop Up Shop and bike ride. Tickets start at $17.55.

Juneteenth Jubilee at Sienna

Saturday, June 18
6:00 pm- 9:00 pm
9600 Scanlan Trace, Missouri City, Texas 77459

Music, food, children’s activities and more promise an entertaining Sienna Juneteenth Jubilee. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Juneteenth Jubilee (Galveston)

Sunday, June 19
3:00 pm- 6 pm
Absolute Equality Mural
2201 Strand St, Galveston, TX 77550

Celebrate the birthplace of Juneteenth on the historic ground with music, live performances, and historic reenactments. This event is FREE and open to the public.


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