Cost: Free admission.
Contact: Diversity Manager Sharon Cini, 480-312-2727.
Description: The city has partnered with a local group, GenerationBLK, to host a Juneteenth Freedom Celebration. Juneteenth commemorates the abolition of slavery – more specifically the emancipation of enslaved Africans in Texas, who did not receive the news until two years after abolition.
Expect a relaxed community vibe, a DJ and live music, food from AZ BBQ Shack, snow cones, games, and historical information. Beer permits are available for purchase. Families can bring chairs or a picnic on the lawn. Park amenities feature the Scottsdale Charros merry-go-round and the train ride. Tickets for these rides are $3 per person.
The Arizona Historical Society published this article, which provides an overview and some local knowledge about the history of this celebration in the Valley.