Battle Creek

June 16 & 17, 2023

Claude Evans Park
300 N Washington Ave,
Battle Creek, MI 49037


Two Day Celebration!

The celebration of Juneteenth began on June 19th, 1865, in Galveston TX. Juneteenth is a celebration that commemorates African American Freedom and the ending of slavery in the United States of America. In 2003, Battle Creek started Juneteenth celebrations, initiated by the Battle Creek NAACP. In 2005, Juneteenth became a State of Michigan holiday, designating the 3rd Saturday in June, as Juneteenth National Freedom Day. In 2021, Juneteenth was officially designated as a federal holiday and on March 1, 2022, the City of Battle Creek added Juneteenth as an official city holiday in Battle Creek.

The Battle Creek Juneteenth Celebration Committee and the Southwestern Michigan Urban League announced in 2009 for the first time a combined event, which became Juneteenth Family Day. We are very excited to offer this celebration to the community in recognition of Juneteenth, families and especially the youth of Battle Creek.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Queen Ramonda, Shuri, M’Baku, Okoye and the Dora Milaje fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with Nakia and Everett Ross to forge a new path for their beloved kingdom.

Friday – June 16, 2023
Claude Evans Park


Juneteenth Family Day

  • 11:00 am until gone – FREE Hot dogs, chips and punch
  • 12:00 – 4:00 pm – Kids Korner
  • 12:00 -12:45 pm – Opening Program
    • Welcome, opening remarks
    • Invocation
    • Black National Anthem
    • Acknowledgement of Community Leaders, Elected Officials, Candidates & Clergy
    • History of Juneteenth & Family Day
    • Community Service Awards
    • Acknowledgements
  • 12:45 pm – Entertainment begins (stay tuned for line up)


Saturday – June 17, 2023
Claude Evans Park

11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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2023 Community Service Awards Recipients

More information to come. 

A special thank you to the following sponsors:

The J.E.C.K.S. Fund

Kathy Antaya

Stan and Shirley Tuggle

Samuel Gray and Lynn Ward Gray

Wayne Kukuk and Christine Kosmowski

Meaningful Massage

Linda Pell

Victor and Deboraha Sallee