UPDATE: Topeka’s Juneteenth Parade has been canceled… Will be rescheduled in the fall


Due to impending weather conditions, the Juneteenth parade will be rescheduled for the fall. The Juneteenth Committee is committed to ensuring the safety and enjoyment of all participants and attendees, and this decision is made with those priorities in mind.

Any new developments and the rescheduled date will be shared as soon as possible.


An obscure holiday to many in America, but for African Americans, the word Juneteenth sparks happiness, joy, and celebration.

The holiday began in the Galveston, Texas area and commemorates the day that Union General Gordon Granger announced that all slaves were free in Texas. Although the Emancipation Proclamation in essence freed all slaves in America, it was only enforceable as Union soldiers defeated Confederate forces state by state. It wasn’t until that day in June of 1865 that the men and women in bondage were truly set free because Texas was the farthest Western Theater of combat, hence the word Juneteenth.

Over the years, the meaning and message of Juneteenth has made its way from Texas to all points of our Nation. With America’s renewal of conscience around race, the celebration of Juneteenth has taken on even more importance.

Whether you call it Liberation Day, Freedom Day, Emancipation Day, or any one of its many beloved names, make sure you get out this year to enjoy the history, the food, and the lessons of Juneteenth.


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