Juneteenth

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Let's Celebrate Juneteenth Together 

Royal Oak will celebrate Juneteenth with a family-friendly event at Centennial Commons on Sunday, June 19 from 4-8 pm. 

Juneteenth -- or Freedom Day -- dates back to June 19, 1865. It is the date when enslaved African Americans in Texas first learned that they were free. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on Jan. 1, 1863, it took more than two years for the news to spread to Texas. 

Whether you've known the history your entire life or you're just learning about Juneteenth, freedom is always worth celebrating -- so let's do it together! 

The Royal Oak Juneteenth event will be four hours of family-friendly activities, including music, games, performances, food trucks, vendors, giveaways and much more. If it rains, the plan is to move activities into the Royal Oak Farmers Market. 

Please mark your calendars and plan on joining us as we highlight the history of Emancipation in the United States.

Hula Hoop

Games on the Glade

Skills Challege, Knock Out Basketball, Soccer, Tug of War, Relay Racess and more! Join us on the glade in middle of Centennial Commons for games and fun. Anyone can participate. All skill levels are welcomed. 

Horse Rides

Horse Rides

First Sgt James Mills, of Buffalo Soldiers Detroit, will bring horses from the Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Center to share with youth attending the event. Learn more about Buffalo Soldiers Detroit.

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Book Giveaway to Attendees: Juneteenth for Mazie

Mazie learns to celebrate liberty. She learns to celebrate freedom. She is ready to celebrate a great day in American history. The day her ancestors were no longer slaves. Mazie remembers the struggles and the triumph, as she gets ready to celebrate Juneteenth and its importance through the story about her grandfather.

Dance

Mitcham Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church will bring to the event a music and dance showcase, courtesy of our Worship Arts Ministry.  It is our prayer that these expressions will provide a glimpse into what makes the black church unique, particularly with respect to the way we serve and praise God through movement and song. Learn more.

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

Learn about the history of Juneteenth by locating the stars hidden around Centennial Commons and completing the scavenger hunt. Once you've completed the riddle, return for a PRIZE.

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Learn to Skate

The best skate park, Modern Skate & Surf Royal Oak, will be at this event with roller blades and skates to rent. The $5 rental includes lessons and tips, too!

Juneteenth activities