Juneteenth in Boulder

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is an important part of American history as it commemorated the official end of slavery on June 19, 1865. For the second year, the City of Boulder is supporting Juneteenth celebrations through Human Relations Commission grants.

Juneteenth 2022 Celebration Overview

Juneteenth, which falls on June 19 each year, celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. 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.

This Juneteenth will commemorate the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration for Boulder County and the City of Boulder is supporting Juneteenth celebrations through Human Relations Commission grants to the NAACP Boulder County and Executive Committee, African American Cultural Events, BoCo. These celebrations will honor and better educate the community of the independence this holiday represents for African Americans.

These events are free and open to the public and are intended to impact all City of Boulder and Boulder County residents.

City of Boulder Events

  • June 17, 2022, 4 p.m. - Flag Raising Ceremony. The city will raise a Juneteenth Flag at the Penfield Tate II Municipal Building at 1777 Broadway. Remarks from local leaders will follow the flag-raising.
  • June 20, 2022, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Celebration of Black Excellence. This Celebration of Black Excellence will showcase local student leadership at Boulder High School, 1604 Arapahoe Ave.

Boulder County Juneteenth events PDF.

Other Juneteenth Events

  • June 16, 2022, Flag Raising Ceremonies.

    • 10 a.m. - City of Louisville, 749 Main St., Louisville, CO 80027.

    • 4 p.m. - Town of Erie, 645 Holbrook St., Erie, CO 80516.

  • June 17, 2022, 10 a.m. Flag Raising Ceremony. City of Longmont, 350 Kimbark St., Longmont, CO 80501.

  • June 18, 2022, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the City of Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd., Longmont, CO, 80501. Youth Art Development Workshops and Showcase. Half-day sessions are designed to engage youth in various art forms including African dance, African drumming and singing. Register here.

  • June 19, 2022, 1 - 6 p.m. at Roosevelt Park 700 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont, CO 80501. Juneteenth Outdoor Community Celebration with Congressman Joe Neguse. Event Coordinated by Longmont City Councilperson Shiquita Yarbrough.

Boulder County Juneteenth events PDF.

Additionally, during all Juneteenth events, Girls Scout Troop 7019 will be distributing copies of their ‘Black Women Who Made History’ coloring book that features ten Black women that have changed history and their stories.

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), NAACP Boulder County Branch 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