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Milwaukee

2023 Juneteenth Celebration

Milwaukee's celebration of Juneteenth has been running for over 50 years, making it one of the nation's oldest.

2023 Juneteenth Celebration
2023 Juneteenth Celebration

Time & Location

Jun 19, 2023, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Milwaukee, W Center St & N Doctor M.L.K. Jr Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53212, USA

About the Event

Juneteenth Jubilee Parade and Street Festival

When: June 19 | 9-4p.m.   Where: Parade route begins on 14th St. and Atkinson Ave. and ends on Dr. MLK Jr. Dr. and Locust St.

The 52nd annual Juneteenth parade in Milwaukee is themed "I Am Juneteenth." The parade will feature floats, dancers, bands and more. First, second and third places prizes are up for grabs for parade marchers.

MILWAUKEE, WI — When Monday comes around in Milwaukee, residents will be quick to find a parade and scores of events to mark Juneteenth, the day that the word of freedom reached the final enslaved people in Texas after the Civil War.

The June 19 national holiday marks the day in 1865, more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, when word finally reached the last enslaved people in Texas that the Civil War had ended, and they were free. Also known sometimes as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day and Jubilee Day, it's the oldest known celebration marking the end of America's peculiar institution.

In 2021, President Joe Biden signed legislation making it a federal holiday, the first since the addition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983.

OTHER JUNETEENTH EVENTS THIS WEEK!

Juneteenth Events at ABHM When: June 18-23 Where: America's Black Holocaust Museum | 401 West North Ave.

America's Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee is celebrating Juneteenth all week long. June 18 kicks off the event series with museum tours for fathers and their families on Father's Day. Themed story times take place on June 19, 20, 21 and 23, with some story times offering crafts, too. A book club meeting will take place on June 21 and a coffee-meets-oral history event will take place June 22.

Juneteenth Burlesque Show When: June 17 | 8 p.m. - 12 a.m.  Where: Bremen Cafe | 901 East Clarke St.

This free burlesque show celebrates Black excellence, featuring burlesque dancers from around the U.S. Food will be provided and donations are requested.

Madison

Juneteenth in the Park  When: June 17 | 12-6 p.m.  Where: 2101 Fisher St.

From a basketball tournament to local vendors to food to kids activities to a parade, there is something for everyone at the 34th annual Juneteenth celebration in Madison.

Each One Teach One's 6th Annual Juneteenth Soul Food Brunch: The Remix When: June 18 | 3-5 p.m.  Where: Goodman Community Center | 214 Waubesa St.

Each One Teach One is celebrating Black fathers and their success this Juneteenth. With "day party vibes" this brunch includes a DJ, cash bar and raffle prizes. Black dads and kids 5-years-old and younger are free. Individual tickets are $25, and family tickets are $50.

Juneteenth Events on the Terrace When: June 14-19 Where: Terrace at Memorial Union | 800 Langdon St.

The Terrace at the University of Wisconsin Madison is hosting a range of Juneteenth events throughout the week. From June 14-17 from 5-8 p.m., try your hand at bedazzling diamond artwork, coloring and creating Juneteenth flags. On June 18, from 2:30-9:30 p.m., head to a live jazz concert. On June 19, check out a screening of "Black Panther" at 9 p.m. All events are free.

Green Bay/Fox Cities

4th Annual Juneteenth Freedom Celebration When: June 17 | 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Where: Joannes Park | 215 S. Baird St., Green Bay, Wis.

Enjoy live entertainment, food, drinks, dancing, music, a kids shop and games to celebrate Juneteenth. The annual event is hosted by We All Rise: African American Resource Center and Black Lives United-Green Bay.

African Heritage Juneteenth Celebration When: June 11 | 12-5 p.m. Where: Fox Cities Exhibition Center | 355 W Lawrence St., Appleton, Wis.

This Juneteenth celebration kicks off with a drum and dance performance entitled "Calling Our Ancestors." The afternoon continues with speakers, poets, music, prayers, comedians, ceremonies, a Divine Nine stroll and more. Admission is free.

La Crosse

La Crosse Juneteenth Celebration When: June 18 | 12-7 p.m.  Where: Riverside Park | 100 State St.

This event promises a day full of unity, featuring food, entertainment, history, education, connection and more. Admission is free.

Wausau

Juneteenth Celebration When: June 17 | 5-9 p.m.  Where: Whitewater Music Hall | 130 1st St.

This free event aims to honor the importance of the historical holiday. More information will be provided by event organizers closer to the event.

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