Saturday June 15, 2019
 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm

JUNETEENTH is a free community celebration that take place annually at Martin Luther King Jr. Park Aurora IL. Each year the Juneteenth celebration feature entertainment, spoken word, song and dance, moon jump, youth basketball tournament, games, prizes, cake walk, treasure hunt, motivational speakers, music, free food, free beverages and a lot of fun for the whole family.


Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It was on June 19th, 1865 (two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was in effect) that the Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. The celebration carries the connotation that until we’re all free, none of us are free. Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes history of self, education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.