Juneteenth Celebrations in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Queen Creek
If you weren’t in the know, Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery, which happened on June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers led by General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and that enslaved individuals were now free.
Locally, folks in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Queen Creek celebrated this important historical milestone with events and festivities across the valley. From music performances and dance shows to cultural activities and delicious food, there was something for everyone to enjoy.
June 19th, 2023: A Day to Remember
Crowds of jubilant people hit the streets in their finest outfits, ready to celebrate and honor the memory of their ancestors who endured so much to ensure their descendants could live free. Loud music and sweet-smelling smoke from food trucks filled the air as attendees enjoyed all the festivities on offer.
In Phoenix, the Juneteenth Parade had floats and dancers parading through the streets, proudly showcasing their heritage and culture. Meanwhile, Scottsdale’s Juneteenth Jazz Festival had jazz lovers grooving to the smooth sounds of live performances from local talents.
Down in Tempe, families and friends flocked to Kiwanis Park to participate in the Juneteenth Jubilee. This event had a little bit of everything, from panel discussions and history exhibits to face painting and live music. But we all know the most important part – the food! Attendees indulged in soul food delicacies such as collard greens, fried chicken, and mac and cheese.
And last but not least, Queen Creek celebrated in style with the Juneteenth Music Fest. Musicians from all genres kept the crowds entertained while food trucks and vendors served up delicious bites and refreshing drinks. There was even a tribute ceremony to honor the legacy of Black activists and leaders who fought for freedom and equality.
All in all, the 2023 Juneteenth celebrations in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Queen Creek were a huge success and a reminder of how far we’ve come as a nation. Here’s to honoring the past, living in the present, and working towards a brighter future for all.