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Ways to observe Juneteenth in Kansas City

Monday, June 19 marks the end of institutional slavery in the US. Commemorate the federal holiday with these events + happenings in Kansas City.

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Commemorate Juneteenth in neighborhoods like 18th & Vine.

Juneteenth — on Monday, June 19 — commemorates the day slavery was finally abolished in the US, nearly two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth is a federal holiday, and the first national holiday to be signed into law since MLK Day in 1983.

Juneteenth Jumpoff | The Arcade, 211 W. Armour Blvd., KCMO | Friday, June 16 | 6-8 p.m. | Free | Shop black-owned businesses + sip on daiquiris with KC Black Owned.

Juneteenth Heritage Festival | 18th & Vine District | Saturday, June 17 | 12-10 p.m. | $0+ | Celebrate African American pride and culture with live music, food, and kid-friendly zones.

One Night Only Festival | The Truman | Saturday, June 17 | 6-11:30 p.m. | $30 | Watch local talent like BlackStarKids and 4Nickk & Krockbanded.

Juneteenth Twilight Parade & Festival | Haymarket Square, 649 Cherokee St., Leavenworth, KS | Saturday, June 17 | Parade starts at dusk | Free entry | See live music, play games, and shop vendors while watching the parade pass by.

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