McKINNEY, TX – The City of McKinney will hold a community-wide Juneteenth celebration from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 19 at Finch Park, 301 W. Standifer St. The celebration will include cultural experiences, learning and fun for the whole family.
Morning activities include fitness sessions like Zumba and Diva Dance led by certified personal trainers. The kids' zone will include bounce houses, game trucks, splash pad, basketball, and the McKinney Public Library System's mobile library.
Live entertainment will be provided throughout the day by comedians, poets and musicians, including Andelia Walker, Alicia Williams, the Big Easy Brass Band, Kingsmen William Spearman and Kourtney White, and a special guest performance by NBC's The Voice contestant Zae Romeo.
Throughout McKinney, there is deep history regarding Juneteenth and Finch Park, one of the city's oldest parks. Juneteenth events were historically celebrated at The Run, McKinney's oldest Black neighborhood that borders Finch Park on the northwest. Decades later, Finch Park became commonplace for Juneteenth celebrations through the 1970s and '80s. Though not widely publicized, churches and the local NAACP often organized activities and drew numerous attendees.
"Juneteenth is a day about liberty and freedom, ideals that we all should celebrate. Even though our country was nearly 90 years old, for many, Juneteenth was the first marker of personal freedom," said Mayor George Fuller. "This is a moment for our community to build unity and pursue equality and justice for everyone. I'd love to see our entire community come out to celebrate this important day."
Durham School Services will provide free shuttle rides from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 3:30 - 5 p.m.; and 8 - 10 p.m. from these remote parking areas:
- McKinney High School, 1400 Wilson Creek Pkwy.
- Chestnut Commons Parking Garage, 202 S. Chestnut St.
- Old Settler's Recreation Center, 1201 E. Louisiana St.
The City of McKinney's Juneteenth event is sponsored by McKinney Main Street, McKinney Community Development Corporation, Visit McKinney, McKinney Chamber of Commerce, McKinney East, Collin County Branch of the NAACP, Alliance of Elite Youth Leadership, Collin County Black Chamber of Commerce, Legacy Keepers, and 3e United.
A complete schedule and food truck list are available at www.mckinneytexas.org/Juneteenth.