Celebrate Juneteenth in JoCo

Published on June 16, 2022

Celebrate Juneteenth in JoCo with the colors black, red, and green in background and a hand raising up.

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.




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