LIST: Juneteenth events in West Michigan for 2021

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — West Michigan will honor Juneteenth with many events this year.

Juneteenth is a day that celebrates when news of the Emancipation Proclamation — signed in 1862 — reached all parts of the country on June 19, 1865. The day is considered independence day for African Americans.

Find a celebration near you here:

Virtual events

  • WMU presentation with Dr. Benjamin Wilson | Friday, June 18, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. | Event details
  • WMU Spoken Word event | Friday, June 18, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Event details
  • Grand Rapids Juneteenth: Celebrating Freedom event | Friday, June 18, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. | Event details
  • Community Event: Juneteenth – Minor Element | Saturday, June 19, at 7 p.m. | Event details
  • 2021 Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom | Saturday, June 19, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. | Event details
  • University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School’s Juneteenth Symposium: Celebrating Black Joy, Hope, and Healing | June 14 to June 19 | Event details

Battle Creek

  • Juneteenth Family Day Motorcade Parade | Saturday, June 19, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. | Event details
  • Juneteenth Vaccine Education and Walk-In Vaccine Clinic | Saturday, June 19, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Event details
  • Juneteenth Children’s Book Drive | Saturday, June 19, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Event details

Grand Rapids and metro area

  • Versiti blood drive | Saturday, June 19, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. | Event details
  • Justice 4 All Juneteenth Jam! | Saturday, June 19, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. | Event details
  • Black Impact Collaborative Juneteenth roller skating event & COVID-19 vaccine clinic| June 18 – June 20, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily, vaccination clinic Saturday, June 19 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Event details
  • GR Juneteenth 2021 Dickinson Park Dumumba | Saturday, June 19, parade at 12:30 p.m., opening ceremony at 1 p.m. | Event details
  • Kent County Health Department Juneteenth COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics | Walk-ins welcome but appointments available

Holland

  • Juneteenth Celebration with Miz Rosie, Harriet Tubman and the Underground railroad | Saturday, June 19, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. | Event details
  • Juneteenth Festival | Saturday, June 19, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Event details
  • Juneteenth celebration J&J vaccine clinic | Saturday, June 19, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Event details

Kalamazoo

  • Rootead: Interactive Drum and Dance for Mental Wellness | Thursday, June 17, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Event details
  • Juneteenth: They Say We Are Free! | Friday, June 18, at 6 p.m. | Event details
  • Bell’s Brewery Celebration Series Tappening: Seneca Village Black IPA | Saturday, June 19, at 12:00 p.m. | Event details

Kentwood

  • Kentwood Food Truck Festival with Juneteenth celebration | Saturday, June 19, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Event details

Mt. Pleasant

  • CMU Juneteenth campus and community celebration | Friday, June 18, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. | Event details

Muskegon

  • Juneteenth Celebration | Saturday, June 19, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. | Event details

Portage

  • Juneteenth solidarity march at Celery Flats | Saturday, June 19 at 9 a.m. | Event details

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