Juneteenth KC 2024

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Traditionally it is known as a cultural event that celebrates the emancipation of slaves in America in 1865.

Brought to Kansas City in 1980, Juneteenth is an annual heritage celebration and platform that celebrates the emancipation of enslaved Africans in America and provides the backdrop to pay tribute to the founders of our community.

The Resistance Cultural Parade – Saturday, June 1st

The entire community is invited to JOIN the celebration and watch over 100 parade entries marching into the heart of the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District.

13th Annual Heritage Festival – Saturday, June 15th

Kansas City’s best local talent featuring Kelly Price on the main stage. Plus free entertainment including face painting, pony rides, balloon artists, & more!

The Hunt KC – PLAY NOW

Join the HUNTER’S CHALLENGE! Solve riddles and explore African American historical sites around Kansas City. Download the Juneteenth Mobile App to win prizes!