City of Dallas celebrates Juneteenth

City of Dallas celebrates Juneteenth

The City of Dallas offices will be closed on Monday, June 19 in observance of Juneteenth. Learn more here: Holiday Closures.

Juneteenth is known as the country’s second Independence Day.

According to the Smithsonian, even though the Emancipation Proclamation was made effective in 1863, it could not be implemented in places still under Confederate control. As a result, in the westernmost Confederate state of Texas enslaved people were not free until June 19, 1865, when troops arrived in Galveston Bay, announcing that all enslaved people were free by executive decree. This day came to be known as “Juneteenth,” by the newly freed people in Texas.

Throughout the month of June, there will be events in Dallas to mark that historic moment and celebrate Juneteenth.

Below is a list of events.

All month: 

  • Exhibit of Tenth Street History; J. Erik Jonsson Central Library – History & Archives Division (seventh floor). Address: 1515 Young St. Dallas, TX 75201
  • “Neighborhood Stories: Tenth Street”; J. Erik Jonsson Central Library – Digital Interactive Gallery (seventh floor). Address: 515 Young St. Dallas, TX 75201

June 10 

  • Eloise Lundy Juneteenth Event, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Eloise Lundy Rec Center. Address: 1229 Reverend CBT Smith St., Dallas, TX 75203
  • Community Juneteenth Celebration; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., William Blair Jr. Park. Address: 3000 Rochester St. Dallas, TX 75215

June 14 

  • Grauwyler Juneteenth Event; 4 to 5 p.m., Grauwyler Rec Center. Address: 7780 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75235

June 15 

  • Juneteenth Celebration City Luncheon; 12 to 1:30 p.m., City Hall Lobby. Address: 1500 Marilla St., Dallas, TX 75201
  • DIY Craft Series- Juneteenth Confetti Poppers; 3 to 4 p.m., Paul Laurence Dunbar Lancaster-Kiest Library. Address: 2008 E. Kiest Blvd. Dallas, TX 75216
  • Beckley-Saner Juneteenth Event, 4 to 7 p.m., Beckley-Saner Rec Center. Address: 114 W. Hobson Ave. Dallas, TX 75224
  • Hiawatha Williams Juneteenth Event, 6 to 8 p.m., Hiawatha Williams Rec Center. Address: 2976 Cummings St. Dallas, TX 752161

June 16 

  • Exall Juneteenth Event; 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Exall Rec Center. Address: 1355 Adiar St., Dallas, TX 75204
  • Park in the Woods Juneteenth Event; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Park in the Woods Rec Center. Address: 6801 Mountain Creek Pkwy. Dallas, TX 75249
  • DIY Craft Series – Juneteenth String Art; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Polk-Wisdom Library. Address: 7151 Library Lane, Dallas, TX 75232
  • Willie B. Johnson Juneteenth Event, 12 to 1 p.m., Willie B. Johnson Rec Center. Address: 12225 Willowdell Dr., Dallas, TX 75243

June 17 

  • 2023 MLK Juneteenth 4K Walk & Festival; 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Arinze Oji performance at 11 a.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. Address: 2922 Marin Luther King Jr., Blvd. Dallas, TX, 75215
  • Juneteenth in Hamilton Park 2023; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Hamilton Park. Address: 12225 Willowdell Dr. Dallas, TX 75243
  • Talking about Tenth Street: A Juneteenth Event; 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., J. Erik Jonsson Central Library O’Hara Hall (seventh floor). Address: 1515 Young St. Dallas, TX 75201
  • Joint Kiest/Martin Weiss Juneteenth Event, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Martin Weiss Rec Center. Address: 1111 Martindell Ave. Dallas, TX 75211
  • DIY Craft Series – Juneteenth Fans; 12 to 1 p.m., Highland Hills Library. Address: 6200 Bonnie View Rd. Dallas, TX 75241
  • Author Series:  Ernest McMillan; 1 to 2 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Library. Address: 2922 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd. Dallas, TX 75215
  • Thurgood Marshall Juneteenth Event; 1 to 3:30 p.m., Thurgood Marshall Rec Center. Address: 5150 Mark Trail Way, Dallas, TX 75232.
  • “A Free Man Cries for the Future”: A Juneteenth Event; 1 p.m., J. Erik Jonsson Central Library. Address: 1515 Young St. Dallas, TX 75201
  • Celebrate Juneteenth with Office of Community Police Oversight:10 a.m. to noon, Klyde Warren Park. Address: 2012 Woodall Rogers Fwy. Dallas, TX, 75201. Learn about the functions of OCPO and the Community Police Oversight Board, and meet representatives from the Community Police Oversight Board. Test you knowledge on your rights.

June 18 

  • Juneteenth on Main Block Party; Noon to 6 p.m., Deep Ellum Main St.

June 19: 

  • Juneteenth: Seniors Drum Circle; 2 to 3 p.m., Pleasant Grove Library. Address: 7310 Lake June Rd. Dallas, TX 75217

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