Celebrating Juneteenth in Edina

by | Jun 2024

Juneteenth 2023 Event Celebration Edina

Photos: City of Edina

Freedom, fun and festivities.

Centennial Lakes Park will come alive with music, performances and food to celebrate our nation’s newest federal holiday. The family-friendly Juneteenth Celebration features a live performance from Carolyne Naomi and children’s book author Isaiah Allen will be reading from his acclaimed work, A Smile.

Carolyne Naomi performs at the 2023 Juneteenth event in Edina.

Carolyne Naomi performs at the 2023 Juneteenth event in Edina.

Featured food vendor, Lutunji’s Palate, brings its famous Harriet’s Escape Peach Cobbler and Seasons Red Velvet Brownie among other delicious desserts.

Juneteenth marks the historic announcement of emancipation for enslaved African Americans in Texas on June 19, 1865. This came two and half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. Union Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced General Order Number 3, which proclaimed the total emancipation of slaves in Texas. Juneteenth celebrates this day as the end of slavery in the United States.

Edina’s event promises to be a memorable experience that honors our shared history and inspires hope for the future. It’s an opportunity to come together, learn and celebrate the quest for civil rights and equality.

Juneteenth Celebration, 4–6 p.m. June 19. Centennial Lakes Park, 7499 France Ave. S.; edinamn.gov


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