Emancipation Park Juneteenth 2023 Celebration

HOUSTONCelebrate FREEDOM at Emancipation Park in Houston’s Third Ward.

Emancipation Park is the oldest park in Texas. Purchased a century and a half ago, in 1872, by a group of community members who wanted a space where they could forever celebrate Juneteenth. The group, who were all formally enslaved, raised money to purchase the plot of land where the park now rests. At the time, it was the first land purchase made in the United States by any African American.

On Saturday, June 17, Emancipation Park’s Juneteenth Celebration tradition continues. The day starts at 7a.m. with a Freedom Run & Walk. Activities and festivities will continue throughout the day culminating in a concert that starts at 3PM. Click HERE to find out more.

There will be performances by V. Michael McKay, Step Rideaux, Lakeside and The SOS Band. All events, all day are free. Metro is providing complimentary shuttles to Emancipation Park.

Watch the video above to find out more and see V. Michael McKay sing a little sneak peek with Treva Jones.


KPRC 2 Melanie

Gospel singers V. Michael McKay and Treva Jones who are performing Saturday at Emancipation Park’s 2023 Juneteenth celebrations 🙌❤️💛💚🖤

Juneteenth Freedom Run/Walk

Let’s celebrate freedom! Houston’s most exciting Juneteenth Celebration returns! Mark your calendars for another unforgettable Juneteenth Celebration, filled with joy, unity, and cultural pride!

This year we will start the morning off with the exhilarating Freedom Walk/Run. Lace up your sneakers and join us at The Emancipation Park at 7am. You won’t want to miss this short but empowering journey that will have you feeling the spirit of freedom. It’ll wrap up by 11am, and prepare to enjoy the rest of the day’s festivities!

Juneteenth Music Festival

Once again, there’s an incredible concert lineup with a little something for everyone. The explosive evening concert kicks off at 3:00 pm with gospel artist V Michael McKay followed by Zydeco sensation Step Rideau, who warms things up R&B legends Lakeside, and The SOS Band. It’s going to be a night of non-stop rhythm, soulful melodies, and unforgettable performances!

Best of all, the concert is absolutely free (no tickets required)! The gates open at 2:00 pm, so grab your family and friends, and come early to secure the best spot. You’ll also have the chance to explore a variety of vendors offering unique crafts, merchandise, and delectable treats from a variety of fantastic food trucks.

For everyone’s safety, the Conservancy kindly asks that you leave coolers, alcohol, firearms, and large umbrellas at home. This way, they can ensure a fun and secure environment for all attendees.

Don’t miss out on this incredible Juneteenth Celebration! June 17th at The Emancipation Park, where history and culture come alive. Together, honor the past, celebrate the present, and pave the way for a brighter future.


Juneteenth Parade and Picnic | Saturday | 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Honor the holiday at this parade held in the birthplace of Juneteenth, Galveston.

Juneteenth Comedy Festival: The First Annual Juneteenth Comedy Festival happening at The Galveston Convention Center at the San Luis Resort 5600 Seawall Blvd. Saturday, June 17, 2023, Doors open at 7 PM- Show starts at 8:30 PM, Prices vary- starting at $20.

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About the Authors:

Melanie Camp is a correspondent on KPRC 2’s Houston Life. 

Award-winning broadcast journalist covering local, regional, national and international stories. Recognized in the industry for subject matter expertise including: Legal/Court Research, the Space Industry, Education, Environmental Issues, Underserved Populations and Data Visualization.