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Opening Program


The 19th Annual State of Michigan

Juneteenth Freedom Day Recognition!

Thursday, June 15

5:30pm - 7:30pm


Lansing Community College

Downtown Campus

Gannon Center Building

411 North Grand Avenue, Lansing

Join us for the official start of the Lansing Juneteenth Celebration Weekend. Our keynote speaker is the honorable Michigan Supreme Court Justice Kyra Harris Bolden.

A highlight of the evening will be the announcement of the winners of the Mr. Cordell Henderson Essay Competition & Scholarship Program.  Additionally, the ceremony will include talented community performers and presenters.

Join us for the





The parade will take place on Saturday, June 17 and will kick off at 11:00 am. The starting point is J.W. Sexton High School, 102 S. McPherson Avenue, Lansing, MI .

The 2023 Grand Marshals are Mr. Alan Haller and Mr. James E. Bibbs.  Visit the PARADE page to learn more about our grand marshals and to sign up to participate in the parade.

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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 10 at Benjamin Davis Park from 2pm - 4pm.  In addition to the friendly rivalry of the game, there will be a tribute the Negro Leagues.


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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