Hosted by Juneteenth Day – Milwaukee
19th & Atkinson to MLK Drive, 10 A.M. – 6 P.M.
“It’s Time to Make a Change’ is the theme of the 56th Annual Juneteenth Day Parade and Festival taking place on Tuesday, June 19. This year’s parade steps off at 10:00 am from North 19th and West Atkinson Avenue and proceeding to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Northcott Neighborhood House’s Executive Director MacArthur Weddle is the parade’s Grand Marshall.
The Juneteenth Day Festival takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on King Drive between Center and Burleigh Streets. The Festival features musical performances, numerous vendors from food to toys, along with community organizations sharing helpful resources for residents of all ages.
Juneteenth Day is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. The world-wide event, dating back to June 1865 began when the Union soldiers, landed at Galveston Texas with the news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Milwaukee’s Juneteenth Day event is organized by the Northcott Neighborhood House.