Where to Celebrate Juneteenth in Houston

There are lots of events happening around town for you to celebrate Juneteenth in Houston with the whole family this year.

family with arms around each otherI only learned about Juneteenth just over a decade ago, before it was recognized as a National holiday. Since moving to Houston in 2012, Juneteenth has become one of the holidays we honor and celebrate as a family. Because Black History is American history, I hope all families will consider making Juneteenth a holiday their family recognizes and celebrates.

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated on June 19 to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the US. The holiday was first celebrated in Texas, where on that date in 1865, in the aftermath of the Civil War, slaves were declared free under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation. On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden made Juneteenth the eleventh Federal holiday.

Ask Questions to Your Kids

Do you know what Juneteenth is? Are there words in that definition that you didn’t understand? What are your friends saying about Juneteenth? Have you seen or heard something online about Juneteenth that you want to discuss?

Do what Comes Naturally

If you and your family love parades, attend Houston’s Juneteenth parade. If you share books before bedtime, read a book with them or talk to your older kids about one they can read on their own. If you like shopping together, buy Black that day.  If you are planning a beach trip this summer, stop at the memorial in Galveston before your trip. Just don’t go overboard if that’s not your thing. Kids will know if you are not sincere and may miss the importance of remembering this day.

Celebrate Juneteenth in Houston

There are a lot of great events that honor the legacy of freedom that Juneteenth commemorates. Add them to your calendar or just remember the meaning behind the activity, because part of our job as parents is to teach our kids so they can in turn teach their own kids. Small steps make a big difference when we emphasize the meaning all year long, and not just on one day.

Emancipation Park’s Celebrate Freedom – Juneteenth Family Fun Day

Saturday, June 10
11:00 am- 8:00 pm
3018 Emancipation Avenue, Houston, TX 77004

This FREE event brings together seven historically Black communities from across Houston to celebrate the richness of our culture, pay homage to the pioneers of Juneteenth, and experience jubilee in a way that is uniquely our own.

Juneteenth Freedom Run/Walk

Saturday, June 17 7:00 am- 11:00 am
3018 Emancipation Avenue, Houston, TX 77004

This event is FREE, but we are asking for donations to help raise funds for park programming. In addition to the walk, there will be vendors and food trucks available, so be sure to bring some cash for snacks and refreshments. This is a family-friendly event, so bring the kids and make it a fun day out for everyone.

Juneteenth Music Festival

Saturday, June 17 3:00 pm- 10:00 pm
3018 Emancipation Avenue, Houston, TX 77004

This event is FREE (No tickets required). The gates open at 2:00 pm, so grab your family and friends, and come early to secure the best spot.

Juneteenth Celebration at Children’s Museum Houston

Saturday, June 17 – Monday, June 19
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004

Enjoy our many activities that embrace and celebrate the African American spirit, including special performances. Tickets are $17 for age 1+

Juneteenth Family Celebration

Monday, June 19
12:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Hunter’s Glen Park. 1340 Independence Blvd. Missouri City, TX 77489

This FREE event will offer activities like bounce house, food trucks, a children’s area and many more.

Freedom Family Picnic in the Park

Friday, June 16
5:00 pm- 8:00 pm
First Community Services Association

Celebrate Juneteenth with a family picnic in the park! Located at the Aquatic Center Park, picnic with your neighbors, enjoy live music, kids games & activities and a walking history tour honoring Juneteenth.

Please RSVP using the FCCSA App

Juneteenth Jubilee at Sienna

Saturday, June 17
7:00 pm- 10:00 pm
9600 Scanlan Trace, Missouri City, Texas 77459

Music, food, children’s activities and more promise an entertaining Sienna Juneteenth Jubilee. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Katy, Texas Juneteenth Parade and Festival

Monday, June 19
11:00 am- 3:00 pm
Woodsland Park: 443 Danover Rd, Katy, TX 77494

The parade will be from 11am-12pm and the family festival will be from 12-3pm. Event includes a kids foam party, games, arts and crafts, and free food!

Juneteenth Festival (Galveston)

Saturday, June 17
1:00 pm- 8:00 pm
McGuire Dent Recreation Center: 2222 28th 601 25th, Galveston, TX

This FREE Family Friendly Event will allow lawn chairs but no personal coolers are allowed. The event will feature great food.


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Ese is a proud Nigerian American who spent most of her teenage years and adult life in Cincinnati, Ohio. She moved to Houston in 2012. Ese is a bonus, foster/adoptive and IVF mom. Her journey to motherhood wasn’t traditional but it’s been a remarkable ride. She has a passion for people, and it is reflected in the different ways she’s involved in the community. As a Junior League of Houston member, she loves serving the community with other strong women. Her commitment to her faith serves as a foundation in all aspects of her life. She’s a proud Buckeye {OH-IO} and a lover of most sports. After spending a year in Mexico, Nigeria and Colombia, she and her family moved back to Houston in the Spring of 2019. Ese spent most of her professional career in the Manufacturing industry doing Export Compliance. She is known as one who has never met a stranger. She loves connecting with and bringing women together. She may not be a fan of the traffic in Houston, but she has fallen in love with the diverse people and the amazing food options the city offers. When she’s not working and running her small business, you can find her listening to books on audible, catching up on her favorite podcast, hosting brunch with new and old friends as well as connecting with her online girlfriends on Facebook.


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