Royal Oak will celebrate Juneteenth with a family-friendly event at Centennial Commons on Monday, June 19 from 3-8 pm.
Juneteenth -- or Freedom Day -- dates back to June 19, 1865. It is the date when enslaved African Americans in Texas first learned that they were free. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on Jan. 1, 1863, it took more than two years for the news to spread to Texas.
Whether you've known the history your entire life or you're just learning about Juneteenth, freedom is always worth celebrating -- so let's do it together!
The Royal Oak Juneteenth event will be four hours of family-friendly activities, including music, games, performances, food trucks, vendors, giveaways and much more.
Please mark your calendars and plan on joining us as we highlight the history of Emancipation in the United States.
Vendors | Food | Games | Music | Horse Rides
Join us for a day of family fun as we celebrate FREEDOM for all.
Juneteenth Freedom Strive Walk
NEW THIS YEAR. Join us as we walk 1865 steps to celebrate freedom. Walk steps off at 4:00 pm. Participants will walk through neighborhood near Centennial Commons in Downtown Royal Oak. Bring signs or make a sign at the event! We'll have supplies.
Where: Centennial Commons, Troy and Third in Downtown Royal Oak.
Cost: Free admission
Games on the Glade
Skills Challenge, Knock Out Basketball, Soccer, Tug of War, Relay Races and more! Join us on the glade in middle of Centennial Commons for games and fun. Anyone can participate. All skill levels are welcomed.
FREE Horse Rides
First Sgt James Mills, of Buffalo Soldiers Detroit, will bring horses from the Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Center to share with youth attending the event.
Learn about the history of Juneteenth by locating the stars hidden around Centennial Commons and completing the scavenger hunt. Once you've completed the riddle, return for a PRIZE.