Celebrate Juneteenth in JoCo
Published on June 16, 2022
Merriam City offices will be closed on Monday, June 20 in observance of Juneteenth. The Merriam Community Center will be open from 5 a.m.-9 p.m.
Juneteenth recognizes the end of slavery in the United States. It became a national holiday last year, and Kansas lawmakers recently made it a state holiday. Learn more about Juneteenth.
Here’s how to celebrate and honor Juneteenth in JoCo this weekend:
Saturday, June 18: Advocacy and Awareness Peace March and Rally // 10 a.m.-1 p.m. // Thompson Park, 8045 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park
March from Overland Park City Hall to Thompson Park starting at 10:30 a.m. Listen to community speakers and performers at Thompson Park starting at 11 a.m.. Kids activities are planned.
Saturday, June 18: Juneteenth Freedom Celebration // 4-8 p.m. // Harmon Park, 7727 Delmar St., Prairie Village
The Prairie Village Diversity Committee is teaming up with Stand-Up for Black Lives + Prairie Village, Johnson County NAACP, and Village Church to co-sponsor the second annual Juneteenth Celebration. The event features activities for all ages, including live music, local vendors, food trucks, and a poster contest for kids.
Sunday, June 19: Celebrate Juneteenth // noon-1:30 p.m. // Johnson County Square, Santa Fe and Cherry streets; Olathe
This county-sponsored event includes community speakers, historical readings, and musical performers.