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Juneteenth Events for Seattle-Area Families in 2024

Where to learn about and celebrate Juneteenth with kids

Headshot of author Julie Dodobara, she is pictured from the torso up, standing on a boat with a waterfuall in the distance

Published on: June 10, 2024

Happy family enjoying Juneteenth celebration at best Juneteenth events for Seattle-area families

The holiday Juneteenth commemorates and celebrates the day enslaved people in Texas finally received the news that they’d been freed by the Emancipation Proclamation. They heard this news on June 19, 1865, more than two years after the proclamation outlawing slavery was issued.

Juneteenth events in the Seattle area invite families to learn about and celebrate Juneteenth, a day meant to signify freedom from slavery and to lift up the African American community and its cultural traditions.

Juneteenth Scavenger Hunt

Date and time: Through June 18

Cost: Free

Take part in an ongoing Juneteenth scavenger hunt at Tacoma Public Library’s Fern HillKobetichMooreMottetSouth TacomaSwasey and Wheelock branches to learn about the newest federal holiday and earn a prize!

Juneteenth Story Time 

Date and time: Thursday, June 13 and Wednesday, June 19; 11 a.m.–noon

Cost: Included with museum admission (pay as you will)

Children’s Museum of Tacoma hosts special story time readings and activities in honor of the Juneteenth holiday.  

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom

Date and time: Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Cost: Free

An all-day Juneteenth celebration is planned at Renton Library with activities for all ages including themed storytelling, a resource fair and community art project. 

Boy and his mom roller skating on day one of NAAM’s Juneteenth celebration. Photo credit: DIWAS Photography
Take to the pavement and join the skating party on day one of NAAM’s Juneteenth celebration. Photo: DIWAS Photography

Celebrate Juneteenth at NAAM

Date and time: Saturday–Sunday, June 15–16 and Wednesday, June 19

Cost: Free

Join Seattle’s Northwest African American Museum for a three-day Juneteenth celebration featuring a family skate party at Judkins Park on Saturday, Father’s Day activities at the Museum on Sunday, and a community celebration on Wednesday featuring a book giveaway, free museum admission and family fun. 

Juneteenth Community Celebration

Date and time: Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

The community is invited to grab lunch from a food truck while celebrating and supporting Black voices and businesses at Crossroads Park in Bellevue. There will also be music entertainment going on all day on stage.

Lacey Juneteenth Celebration

Date and time: Saturday, June 15, 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Connect with the Lacey community and celebrate Juneteenth at a free barbecue lunch that also features activities for kids, entertainment, resources and more at the Regional Athletic Complex.

Eastside Honoring Juneteenth

Date and time: Saturday, June 15, noon–5 p.m.

Cost: Free

This Eastside celebration in Kirkland features Delbert Richardson and his “Unspoken Truths American History” traveling museum, plus other music performances, inspirational speakers, food and more at Juanita Beach Park.

Juneteenth in Lakewood

Date and time: Saturday, June 15, 3–5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Lakewood City Hall will be open for an afternoon where the community can come together and celebrate Juneteenth with local leaders and enjoy performances and refreshments.

Revival: Juneteenth Pop-up Market

Date and time: Sunday, June 16, noon–5 p.m.

Cost: Free; items for purchase

Support local Black businesses in the heart of the Central District at a Juneteenth pop-up market in Midtown Square Plaza. Don’t miss an appearance by the Double Dutch Divas.

Songs of Black Folk: “Music of Resistance and Hope”

Date and time: Sunday, June 16, 7–8:30 p.m.

Cost: Starting at $40

Now a Juneteenth tradition, take a cultural journey through music at a concert spanning genres from spirituals to gospel, jazz, R&B and hip hop. Purchase tickets online for this show at the Paramount Theatre, but hurry, they are selling quickly.

Black Arts Legacies Celebration

Date and time: Tuesday, June 18, 6:30–9 p.m.

Cost: Free

Celebrate local Black artists featured in Crosscut’s Black Arts Legacies project at this free community event taking place at Washington Hall in Seattle. Enjoy performances, food, dancing and more.

Visitors enjoy a free day at the shore of Deception Pass State Park with bridge in background
Visit one of our scenic state parks, like Deception Pass, for free on Juneteenth. Photo: Julie Dodobara

Washington State Parks Free Day

Date and time: Wednesday, June 19

Cost: Free

Enjoy a fee-free day in one of Washington’s amazing state parks, perhaps considering how freedom is fundamental to our human existence.

Juneteenth 2024

Date and time: Wednesday, June 19, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Cost: Free

Head to Cedar Valley Community School for music, games, food truck eats and a car show at this Lynnwood event commemorating Juneteenth. 

Tukwila Juneteenth Commemoration

Date and time: Wednesday, June 19, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Cost: Free

The City of Tukwila holds its fourth annual commemoration of Juneteenth with performances from DaNell Daymon & Greater Works and THROWBACKS Dance Team at the Sullivan Center at Tukwila Village. A free lunch will be served to the first 120 attendees.

Juneteenth at the Beach

Date and time: Wednesday, June 19, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Cost: Free

Show up for story time, music, free food, performances, a movie screening with free popcorn and more at Edmond’s annual Festival of Freedom celebration held at the Edmonds Waterfront Center.

Juneteenth Celebration at Stewart Heights Park

Date and time: Wednesday, June 19, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Bring the fam to Stewart Heights Park in Tacoma to enjoy musical performances, speakers and fun kids’ activities, while supporting the goal of economic growth within the BIPOC community. It’s the largest Juneteenth celebration in Washington State!

Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration

Date and time: Wednesday, June 19, noon–4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Join Mercer Island High School’s Black Student Union at its Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration held at Mercerdale Park. There will be live music, food trucks and activities for the kids.

Summer of Soul: Juneteenth

Date and time: Wednesday, June 19, noon–8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Gather at Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle for a day of music, food, family activities and education honoring the resilience of the Black community.

Kenmore Juneteenth Celebration

Date and time: Wednesday, June 19, 3–7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Kenmore celebrates Juneteenth during its weekly Farmers Market at Town Square with art, music, crafts and more, including an African drumming performance by Kenmore Elementary students.

Shoreline’s Juneteenth Celebration

Date and time: Wednesday, June 19, 4–8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Support local Black businesses, enjoy live performances, music and guided mural stroll at Shoreline City Hall Plaza where the city hosts its second Juneteenth celebration for the community.

Juneteenth Commemoration

Date and time: Thursday, June 20, 5:30–7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Reflect on the significance of the Juneteenth holiday during an interactive mural-making session and conversation with BLK WINS, a resource for Black youth, at the Washington State History Museum. Preregister.

Honoring Juneteenth at Loyal Heights CC

Date and time: Friday, June 21, 3:30–5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Make a craft, decorate your bike for a parade and learn about the Juneteenth holiday at Loyal Heights Community Center in Seattle. Bonus: There will be snacks!

Living Voices: “The Right to Dream”

Date and time: Friday, June 21, 3:30–5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Witness the struggle for Black civil rights in this live performance incorporating archival film at the Woodmont Library in Des Moines. Preregister.

Juneteenth Celebration in Kent

Date and time: Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Cost: Free

Lunch is part of the offerings at this annual Kent event to be held at Morrill Meadows Park aimed at building community among African Americans in South King County.

Two girls dressed up to perform at Atlantic Street Center’s Juneteenth celebration.
Performances and entertainment are part of the fun at Atlantic Street Center’s Juneteenth celebration. Photo: Atlantic Street Center

Atlantic Street Center’s Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Date and time: Saturday, June 22, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Cost: Free

Support Black-owned small businesses and honor freedom and culture this Juneteenth. Atlantic Street Center’s celebration held at Rainier Beach Community Center will feature vendors, community resources, as well as entertainment, family activities and food.

Snohomish County Community Juneteenth Celebration

Date and time: Saturday, June 22, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Cost: Free

The NAACP of Snohomish County invites the community to join a free Juneteenth celebration with food and fun at Willis Tucker Park.

Olympia Juneteenth Celebration Festival

Date and time: Saturday, June 22, 1–5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Bring the family to downtown Olympia’s Rebecca Howard Park for a Juneteenth Celebration Festival. Support Black-owned businesses while you enjoy live music and arts performances.

It Takes a Village Juneteenth Community Fest

Date and time: Saturday, June 22, 1:30–6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

It Takes a Village Juneteenth Festival celebrates the Black community, seeks to share resources and services, and aims to promote the health and power of those with the least access to it. Bring the whole fam to Othello Park and enjoy arts and crafts, free soul food, balloon twisting and more.

Juneteenth Celebration at Les Gove Park

Date and time: Sunday, June 23, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Cost: Free

Support Black-owned businesses and enjoy live music and fun activities for the kids at Auburn’s Les Gove Park. Be sure to check out the new historical exhibit created by Auburn high school students. 

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in 2021 and most recently updated in June 2024 by ParentMap’s calendar editor, Julie Dodobara including adding in new Juneteenth events and updating past events for 2024.

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