Juneteenth Celebration

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About Juneteenth Weekend

Get ready for a night of community and freedom as the City of Baytown and the Juneteenth Committee presents its Juneteenth Celebration. This free concert includes live music, shopping vendors, food vendors, games, and activities. The night of music will include a ceremony and will end with a firework display that can’t be missed.

Juneteenth (short for "June Nineteenth") marks the day when Federal Troops arrived in Galveston, TX in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people would be freed. The troops' arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a Federal Holiday. 

Baytown's Juneteenth Celebration is held the Saturday closest to June 19th each year.

A great deal of our future success will be attributed to our generous sponsors! Our sponsors have the advantage of supporting events organized by the City of Baytown's Parks and Recreation Department that bring in over 55,000 attendees annually between our three (3) major concert events.

Local support is vital to this operation, as these sponsorships assist in providing attendees everything from safety and facility services to quality entertainment that brings the Baytown and surrounding communities closer together. Attendees enjoy live entertainment and have access to food, art, and service vendors throughout the events.

Event Highlights

  • Food vendors
  • Shopping vendors
  • Family activities
  • Free swag thrown off-stage

Event Tips

  • Bring your chairs/blankets
  • Shade tents are allowed for the first half of the concert

Parking

Public parking is generally available at Lee College, while those needing access to handicap parking will be accommodated at the Lee College Performing Arts Center.

Event Rules

  • No alcohol
  • No smoking or vaping
  • No pets
  • No drones
  • No bicycles, scooters, or motorized vehicles
  • No four-wheelers/ATVS
  • No skateboards, rollerblades, or roller skates
  • No fireworks of any kind
  • No BBQ pits or grills
  • All bags and coolers are subject to being searched

Location

Bicentennial Park, 1001 Market St, Baytown, TX 77520

Baytown is located just 30 minutes east of Houston.

Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors and Partners:

Juneteenth 2023 Partners and Sponsors