Here's how communities across Northeast Ohio are celebrating Juneteenth

In 2020, the Cleveland NAACP and the Urban League of Greater Cleveland celebrated Juneteenth with a march through Cleveland's Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood.
In 2020, the Cleveland NAACP and the Urban League of Greater Cleveland celebrated Juneteenth with a march through Cleveland's Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood. [Kabir Bhatia / WKSU]

This weekend, people across Northeast Ohio and the U.S. will celebrate Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S.

Juneteenth — a combination of June and 19th, the day it falls on — memorializes when Union soldiers in 1865 delivered word of emancipation to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, following the conclusion of the Civil War. The day received designation as a federal holiday last year.

Here's a look at how some communities in Northeast Ohio are commemorating Juneteenth throughout the weekend.

Cuyahoga County 

  • Metrohealth Freedom Fest - Saturday, June 18, 12:00 PM-10:00 PM, 

    Mall C | 602 Saint Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114

    Live music (Bilal, Keyon Harrold), food & drink vendors, family activities, fireworks

  • Juneteenth Celebration - Saturday, June 18, 12:00 PM-6:30 PM

    Cleveland Public Square | 50 Public Square Suite 1700 Cleveland, OH 44113

    Live music, freedom wall

  • “We Wear the Mask Project” - Saturday, June 18, 12:00 PM-4:00 PM

    Morning Star Baptist Church | 10250 Shaker Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44120

    Free food, family friendly activities

  • MidTown Juneteenth Celebration - Saturday, June 18, 12:00 PM-3:00 PM

    Dunham Tavern | 6709 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103

    Free food, vendors, live entertainment

  • Juneteenth: A Freedom Day Celebration - Sunday, June 19, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

    Garfield Memorial Church, South Euclid Campus | 1534 S. Green Rd., South Euclid, OH 44122

    Activities, crafts, food trucks, vendors

  • Rock Hall Juneteenth Celebration - Saturday, June 18, 2:00 PM-9:00 PM

    Union Home Mortgage Plaza | 1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44114

    Live music, dancing

  • Juneteenth: From the Gardens to Hough - Saturday, June 18, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

    African American Cultural Garden | 916 Wheelock Rd., Cleveland, OH 44103-1834

    Family friendly bike ride highlighting significant historical events relevant to Juneteenth

  • Coventry Village Juneteenth Celebration - Sunday, June 19, 1:00 PM-11:00 PM

    Coventry Village, Cleveland Heights, OH

    Live music, Black-owned businesses vendor market, movie in the park, family activities

  • “Last Fugitive Slave - Ohio” - Friday, June 17, 2:00 PM

    Cleveland Public Library, Glenville Branch | 11900 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44108

    Learn the stories of enslaved Blacks through a re-enactment of a runaway slave in Cleveland

Summit County

  • Joy Park Juneteenth Festival - Saturday, June 18, 12:00 PM-6:00 PM

    Joy Park | 825 James Ingram Way, Akron, OH 44306

    Festival with over 25 vendors

  • Free Juneteenth Concert - Saturday, June 18, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM

    Lock 3 | 200 S Main St., Akron, OH 44308

    Live music from Forrest Getemgump

  • Juneteenth Akron History Hike - Sunday, June 19, 9:00 AM

    Akron Zoo | 500 Edgewood Ave, Akron, OH 44307

    The hike, led by Dave Lieberth, will begin at the Akron Zoo and travel to the John Brown monument

  • West Akron Juneteenth Parade - Sunday, June 19, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

    Buchtel High School | 1040 Copley Rd, Akron, OH 44320

    The parade will begin at Buchtel High School and conclude at Stoner/Hawkins Park

  • 24th Annual Juneteenth Festival - Sunday, June 19, 1:00 PM-7:00 PM

    Stoner/Hawkins Park | S Hawkins Ave, Akron, OH 44320

    Vendors, father/son flag football game, drum circle

  • Summit Lake Juneteenth Celebration - Saturday, June 18, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

    Summit Lake Park | 380 W. Crosier Street, Akron, OH 44311

    Food, vendors, canoeing

  • Juneteenth Community Talkback - Saturday, June 18, 10:30 AM

    John Brown House | 550 Copley Rd, Akron, OH 44320

    Panelists will include Bishop Samuel Hampton II, pastor of First Apostolic Faith Church, and Steve Arrington, executive director of the Bayard Rustin LGBTQ+ Resource Center

  • Summit Lake Nature Center Juneteenth Celebration - Sunday, June 19, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

    Summit Lake Nature Center | 411 Ira Ave., Akron, OH 44301

    Food, fishing, crafts, and other activities

Ashland County

  • Juneteenth Celebration Potluck - Monday, June 20, 12 PM-3 PM

    Brookside West Pavilion | 1262 County Road 1153, Ashland, OH, 44805

    Pulled pork and sloppy joes will be served

Ashtabula County

  • Juneteenth Celebration - June 18, 12 PM-8 PM

    Lake Shore Park | 1700 E 1st St, Ashtabula, OH, 44004

    Food, DJ, music, beauty pageant, 50/50 raffle, games/activities, community awards

Erie County

  • Juneteenth Celebration at Jackson Street Pier - Sunday, June 19, 12 PM-9:30 PM

    Jackson Street Pier | 233 E Shoreline Drive, Sandusky, OH, 44870

    Vendors and entertainment including a performance by the Sandusky High School A Capella Choir, a Diversity Dance, fireworks, a drum-making activity, and a performance by The Drifters. Keynote speakers Dr. Craig Woodson and Lynn Hampton.

Geauga County

Lake County

  • Lake County NAACP Juneteenth Celebration - Saturday, June 18, 11 AM-4 PM

    Veterans Park | 1 Liberty Street, Painesville, OH, 44077

    Featuring a performance by Women in History, Robin Echols Cooper, as Sojourner Truth. Music and food in the park. Winners of Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage Stop the Hate essay contest will read their essays on racism. Free to attend.

Lorain County

  • Juneteenth Oberlin - Saturday, June 18, 9:00 AM-7:30 PM

    Underground Railroad Center, Station Square

    Parade featuring drumline, African dancers, games, food trucks, raffles, face paint, prayer and wreath placements

  • Juneteenth 2000s Party - Saturday, June 18, 8:00 PM-12:30 AM

    Jazz on Broadway | 150 East 10th Street, Lorain, OH, 44052

    Drinks, food, and music from various DJs around Northeast Ohio. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Ticket sales support the Lorain County Urban League Young Professionals

Medina County

Portage County

  • Kent State University Juneteenth Jubilee - Saturday, June 18, 11 AM-6 PM

    Kent Campus, Manchester Field | 800 Summit Rd, Kent, OH, 44242

    Free to the public. Food, art, clothing vendors and live performances, including the Kent State Jazz Ensemble, Archie Green, and Chelsea Pastel. Head wrapping and zumba dancing.

Stark County

  • Juneteenth Community Festival in Canton - Saturday, June 18, 10 AM-6 PM, Sunday, June 19, 12 PM-6 PM 

    Nimisilla Parks | 12th St. & O’Jays Pkwy, Canton, OH, 44705

    Live performances, music, vendors, competitions, giveaways

Tuscarawas County

Wayne County

  • 3rd Annual Juneteenth Community Cookout - Sunday, June 1, 1 PM-6 PM

    Christmas Run Park, Park Ave, Wooster, OH, 44691

    Food (hot dogs, burgers, chicken, etc), live DJ, bounce houses, games, 1v1 basketball tournament, Father’s Day will be recognized as well

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