Tucson Juneteenth Festival Committee

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The Tucson Juneteenth Festival Planning Committee will be hosting its Annual Juneteenth Festival on June 18th and 19th.  The Tucson activities include a Gospel Festival and a two-day celebration event with food, song and dance.  The Juneteenth GOSPEL FELLOWSHIP will be held June 12th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church located at 210 E. Lester Street (6th Ave. between Speedway and Grant) The 2004 JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL will take place at the Kennedy Park Fiesta Area, located at La Cholla Blvd. and Ajo Way on June 18th  and 19th. Times (apx); Friday June 18 from 6:00 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday June 19 from 3:00 to 11:00 p.m.  Estimated attendance 5,000-7,000. 

Additional Juneteenth activities include a Basketball Tournament being held June4-6th at Pima Community College, West Campus.  The annual Juneteenth Run will be held on June 19th at Kennedy Park.  Registration begins at 6:15 am with a start time of 7:00 am.

Contact Burney Starks, 520-617-7385 or burney.starks@tusd.k12.az.us for more information.

Check back on this site for tentative performance schedules in early June.

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth represents a very important milestone in American history, when our nation finally and truly became “the land of the free.”  The date was June 19, 1865 when General Gordon Grainger read his Third General Order in Galveston, Texas announcing freedom to the last of the enslaved Americans, two and a half years after they had been officially freed by the Emancipation Proclamation.

Juneteenth Celebrations:  Juneteenth is celebrated in 31 states, eight countries and U.S. territories; 13 states recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday and many others are preparing bills to put before their legislatures.

Myth:  Juneteenth is just an African American celebration.

Fact: Juneteenth is a very significant event in our American history.  It was an event that signaled the last of Americans being released from Slavery.  This is a part of American History for all Freedom-Loving people to celebrate and treasure.

Tucson Juneteenth Events:

Freedom Run – Kennedy Park, Cross Country Course - June 19, 6:30 a.m.

Basketball Tournament – June 4 – 6; location(s) to be announced

Gospel Praise and Worship Service – Mount Calvary MBC; June 12; 6:30 p.m.

Mr. and Ms. Juneteenth Competition (Students) – May 31; other details TBA

Community Forum (Remembering Brown vs Board of Education) – details TBA

Scholarship Awards – details to be announced

Juneteenth Festival:

June 18, Kennedy Park (Fiesta); 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

June 19, Kennedy Park (Fiesta); 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.


Volunteer/Committee members welcome – call Burney Starks for more info – 883-5511 (eve); 225 26-70 (days).  We meet first Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Archer Center 1665 S. La Cholla Blvd.  We would love to have you join us.

Contact Information

Burney Starks, Committee President/Festival Chairman
883-5511 (Evening) 225-2670 (Days)
Booth and Vendor Opportunities
Donna:  791-3248
Festival Location
Kennedy Park Fiesta Area, LaCholla Blvd. and Ajo Way
Electronic mail
General Information: burney.starks@tusd.k12.az.us

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