City of Irvine Hosts Inaugural Juneteenth Freedom Celebration Event

Thursday, May 12, 2022

The City of Irvine invites the community to its inaugural Juneteenth Freedom Celebration. The free event will take place Sunday, June 19, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Great Park Palm Court.

The celebration of freedom, hope, and joy honors the history and contributions of African Americans to the cultural fabric of our community and nation. The community is invited to learn about Black culture as well as the history and significance of Juneteenth through interactive activities, local organizations, and live performances.

Juneteenth is the oldest known annual celebration commemorating the June 19, 1865, announcement that proclaimed freedom for all remaining enslaved people in the United States. Juneteenth became a celebration of freedom and achievement, gathering family and communities with food, entertainment, spiritual and religious ceremonies, and cultural storytelling. Today, Juneteenth is a federal holiday and takes on a symbol of pride in African American experiences and ancestral roots that is recognized annually across the country.

Juneteenth Freedom Celebration is presented by the City of Irvine in partnership with BIPOC Orange County.

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available on site. Food trucks will be available for visitors to purchase food. Great Park is located at 8000 Great Park Blvd., in Irvine. For more information about the Juneteenth Freedom Celebration, visit