Celebrate Juneteenth in El Paso + a Round-Up of Resources

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More than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865. There the troops announces and implemented the freedom of all enslaved people. That day, over 250,000 Black people were freed from slavery in Texas.

Now known as Juneteenth, the holiday commemorates the freedom of Black Americans and celebrates Black history, art, and culture. It’s also a reminder of the work still required of us all toward racial justice in our country.

While Juneteenth has been celebrated in Texas and throughout the U.S. since 1865, it was only in 2021 that the day was finally recognized as a federal holiday. And El Paso is joining in the celebrations. Find out what’s going on around town below.

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El Paso Area Juneteenth Celebrations and Events

June 18 & 19  | 915 Freedom Festival

Amano Collective | 210 Poplar Street, El Paso, TX 79901

The event is open to all ages. Find live music and performances, market place w/ local vendors, community resources, music, artist & artisan creative works, public speakers, poetry readings, and much more. Children 5 and under are free. Get more details and tickets here.


June 19 | Juneteenth Event with El Paso Chihuahuas

El Paso, TX Chihuahuas Baseball Stadium

Join the El Paso Young Black Leaders for a night at Southwest University Park to commemorate this holiday as the El Paso Chihuahuas take on the Las Vegas Aviators, June 19 at 6:05pm! Gates open at 5:00pm. A portion of proceeds from tickets purchased through this link will go towards the El Paso Young Black Leaders. Get more details here.

June 14 – 19 | New Mexico Juneteenth Jazz Arts Festival

Various locations around Las Cruces, NM

The Branigan Cultural Center, NM Music Commissioner Derrick Lee, and the Doña Ana County NAACP and Doña Ana Arts Council present the second annual “New Mexico Juneteenth Jazz Arts Festival.” There are events every day from Tuesday, June 14 through Sunday, June 19, 2022. Get all the details here.


Round-Up of Resources & Articles

What You Should Know About Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom | Dallas Moms

Juneteenth: A White Mom’s Primer | Oklahoma City Mom

Juneteenth A Federal Holiday: Three Things to Know About It | Iowa City Moms

Celebrating Juneteenth | Alamo City Moms

Juneteenth: Learn the History and Join the Jubilee | Detroit Mom


Looking for more events around town? Check out our Guide to June.

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