Juneteenth: A celebration of freedom

Celebrating Juneteenth

On June 19th, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to inform the last enslaved American people of their liberation – two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. Thday has become a celebration of Black freedom and joy and is now known as Juneteenth. It is important to recognize Juneteenth as a monumental moment in American history – one that many have called for recognition as a national holiday. 

Now, 155 years later and amid a civil rights movement centering Black livesamplifying the celebrations and significance of Juneteenth is a powerful act of solidarity and love. We are excited to honor this day by using our platforms to share stories of Black joy and creation. From artists and musicians around the country to business leaders and change-makers in our own community, we celebrate Black life in America. 

Opportunities to Celebrate and Engage on Juneteenth

Support Black Business Owners in Northern Colorado

  • Our colleagues at the Black/African American Cultural Center have curated a list of local, Black-owned businesses throughout Northern Colorado 

Share Stories of Black Excellence

Art, Music, and Film

  • Keep the celebration going by attending a screening of Miss Juneteenth at the Lyric, which begins showings on June 26th 
  • Celebrate the culture of Black art, music, literature, and more through the Black/African American Cultural Center’s list of Black Power Resources 


Stay Engaged in the Movement for Black Lives


Juneteenth Non-Violent March: Friday June, 19 from 3-6pm beginning in downtown Denver at the captiol Juneteenth celebration through the Poudre River Public Library begins on Friday, June 19 at 2pm.