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The Annual Juneteenth Community Ballgame 

Join us for this fun community event! The annual softball game will be played on Saturday, June 11 at Benjamin Davis Park from 2pm - 4pm.  In addition to the friendly rivalry of the game, there will be a tribute the Negro Leagues.

Capital City Kick-Off Ceremony/
Essay Competition & Scholarship Awards

Join us for the official kickoff of the Lansing Juneteenth Celebration Weekend on Thursday, June 16 at 6pm, Lansing Community College, Gannon Building (411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing MI) in the Michigan Room.


Our keynote speaker is the Honorable Shauna Dunnings, Chief Probate Judge and Chief Circuit Court Judge Pro Tempore of the 30th Judicial Circuit Court, Ingham County.  


A highlight of the evening will be the announcement of the winners of the Dr. Eva L. Evans Essay Competition & Scholarship Program.  Additionally, the ceremony will include talented community performers and presenters.


Keynote Speaker
Judge Shauna Dunnings

IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION FOR KICK-OFF CEREMONY ATTENDEES:  The address for the LCC Gannon Building is 411 N. Grand Avenue.  The Gannon Ramp parking is currently closed.


The event parking structure is S22.  There is a “circle drive” area in front of Gannon where guests can be dropped off. Signage will be set up from the parking lot S22 to the Michigan room along the sidewalk and into the building.


Friday & Saturday, June 17 & 18

St. Joseph Park in Lansing!

   On Friday evening, the Freedom Festival activities take place from 4pm-8pm and is family night! “Juneteenth Where the Reunion Begins” is our theme! The Village Market showcasing food and merchant vendors, along with public service exhibitors. Music by DJ Rob Newsome and Hustle Line dancing. Calling all chess and checker players to resume our annual gathering! 

   Saturday, the day begins at 11:00 a.m. with the African American Parade at the J.W. Sexton High School Front entrance and ends at the St. Joseph (St. Joe) Park to continue the Outdoor Freedom Festival. The festival kicks off at 12 noon and runs until dusk and features a Health Fair, Juneteenth/NAACP Job Fair, Art Form Exhibits, merchants and food vendors along with children's activities and musical entertainment. 


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Grand Marshal
Mr. Willard Walker

The 2022 parade will take place on Saturday, June 18 and will kick off at 11:00 am. The starting point is J.W. Sexton High School, 102 S. McPherson Avenue, Lansing, MI .

We have great plans and look forward to the annual Lansing Juneteenth Celebration and recognition of "Juneteenth Day" as a state of Michigan holiday and a national holiday.

The 2022 Grand Marshals are Mr. Willard Walker and U.S. Congresswoman Elisa Slotkin!


There is still time to enter the parade.  Visit the Parade page to learn more.

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Grand Marshal
U.S. Congresswomen Elisa Slotkin

We have an exciting group of talented performers scheduled for the weekend! View the SCHEDULE PAGE to see the full line up.


The Lansing Juneteenth Celebration is a

Greater Lansing Festival Alliance Member

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