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6 Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth in Milwaukee

Parties, parades, bike rides and more ways to celebrate Juneteenth this year!

EMANCIPATION DAY, also known as Juneteenth, dates back to 1866 and commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Milwaukee has a storied history with Juneteenth, and just this week it was designated as an official federal holiday. Here are the ways you can celebrate:

1. Juneteenth Day Parade & Celebration

SATURDAY FROM 8 A.M. TO 4 P.M. | DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DRIVE.

Milwaukee’s 50th annual Juneteenth parade, organized by Northcott Neighborhood House, will start at North 14th Street and West Atkinson Avenue at 8 a.m. and travel down Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. to West Burleigh Street. It will be broadcasted by TMJ4. The festival’s opening ceremony will be at 9:30 a.m. Festivities including vendors, entertainment and food and drink will run along King Drive between Burleigh and North Avenue. Attendees are required to wear face masks and are encouraged to social distance.

2. Juneteenth Bike Your Block

SATURDAY AT 10 A.M. | 3536 W. FOND DU LAC AVE.

RISE Cycles is hosting its first ever community bike ride to celebrate Juneteenth. It will begin and end at Sherman Phoenix. Following the ride, there will be refreshments, bike clinics, giveaways and speeches from community leaders. An upcoming black-owned bike shop, RISE plans to open by the end of summer in collaboration with Trek and the Sherman Phoenix.

 

 

3. Juneteeth Day Celebration at Alice’s Garden

SATURDAY FROM 2-9 P.M. | 2136 N. 21ST ST.

Alice’s Garden Urban Farm will have a variety of activities to celebrate Juneteenth, along with food, music and a market. In partnership with the Milwaukee Public Museum, the garden will plant a community garden in honor of Nelson Mandela at 2 p.m. A discussion with genealogist Gwen Holland, will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Author Monica White will be discuss her book “Freedom Farmers” from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Vibez Creative Art Space will host a paint night. 

4. FEAR MKE Juneteenth bRUNch

SATURDAY FROM 8:30 -11:30 A.M. | 4000 N. LAKE DR., SHOREWOOD

FEAR (Forget Everything And Run) is holding a run at Atwater park. Participants can run together and enjoy refreshments. FEAR is partnering with Hoka Performance Running Outfitters for a special activation with raffle prizes, sneaker demos and more!

5. Juneteenth Day Sickle Cell-Abration 

SATURDAY FROM 9 A.M. TO 2 P.M. | MILWAUKEE VERSITI LOCATIONS

In honor of not only Juneteenth Day but also World Sickle Cell Awareness Day, Versiti is having blood drives at its three Milwaukee locations. According to Versiti, Sickle Cell Disease is a genetic blood disease that affects millions, but it is particularly prevalent among African Americans. In fact, one in 13 African American babies are born with the sickle cell trait. Versiti is asking that you donate blood to help support local patients.

6. We Do It For the Culture (Old School Day Party)

SATURDAY FROM 4-8 P.M. | 502 W. GARFIELD AVE.

This event at Garfield’s 502 will celebrate culture and will be dedicated to old school hip hop and R&B. The stage will have three DJs. Kwabena Antoine Nixon of Poetry Unplugged Milwaukee will be hosting.

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