Portland Juneteenth Celebrations: Freedom Day Marches, Speakers, Music, Rides & More!

In 2023, Juneteenth falls on Monday, June 19. Juneteenth, also known as “Independence Day” or “Freedom Day”, commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of African American slaves.

On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation effectively ending slavery on January 1, 1863, however, the Proclamation had little effect in the State of Texas until two and half years later. It was on June 19, 1865, that Union General Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas, that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free.


2023 Portland Juneteenth Events & Celebrations

  • June 16: Juneteenth Cookout @ Redd East Event Space | 5-10PM, Free (more info)
  • June 17-18: Portland Juneteenth Celebration @ Lillis-Albina Park | Music, Food Vendors, Prizes, Kid Activities, & more (more info)
  • June 19: Oregon Juneteenth 51st Year Anniversary Celebration in North Portland | Live Music, Festival, Parade, Vendors (more info)


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