Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Traditionally Juneteenth is known as a cultural event that celebrates the emancipation of slaves in America in 1864.
Brought to Kansas City in 1980 by Horace M Peterson III, founder of the Black Archives of Mid-America INC, 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.
What is Juneteenth KC?
JuneteenthKC is Kansas City, Missouri's premiere community heritage celebration and is hosted annually within the 18th & Vine Historic District.
Every June, hundreds of thousands of people across the United States crowd the streets of their cities to celebrate the Juneteenth holiday, as they once did in Kansas City over 20 years ago. The streets of downtown Kansas City were once filled with fascinating sights, and reverberated with the sounds of vibrant KC talent and smells of authentic home-style barbeque.
Legacy Development in partnership with District Stakeholders and African American Cultural/Educational agencies work together to host a cultural event that allows people from all backgrounds to celebrate the progression of the African American community and enjoy the spirit of remembrance, unity, and personal independence.
JuneteenthKC in its current form features a vast variety of musical performances, live entertainment, a variety of retail, food, non-profit/public service, and youth-oriented vendors. In addition, the MetroPCS Main Stage features Kansas City's best live entertainment.
There are plenty of ways to participate with this year's JuneteenthKC celebration. Get involved for both a rewarding experience and to continue building on a legacy of community.