Juneteenth in Boulder

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, commemorates the official end of slavery. While the Emancipation Proclamation officially ended slavery in 1863, enforcement in all the states took several years. It wasn’t until June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers reached Galveston, TX, that all enslaved people in the country were finally freed.

Juneteenth 2022

In 2022, for the second year, the City of Boulder supported Juneteenth celebrations through Human Relations Commission grants to the NAACP Boulder County and Executive Committee, African American Cultural Events, BoCo. These celebrations honored and better educated the community of the independence that Juneteenth represents for Black or African American community members and the history of this county.

Watch the 2022 Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth 2021

The inaugural Boulder County Juneteenth Celebration was funded in part by the Human Relations Commission (HRC), the Executive Committee for African American Cultural Events (ECAACE) and NAACP Boulder County Branch. This event included performances, interviews with Boulder students working on issues of racial equity and an interview with Ms. Opal Lee, “The 94 years old Grandmother of Juneteenth”!

Watch the Juneteenth Celebration Boulder County 2021 | Featuring Opal Lee