19 Juneteenth Celebrations in SoCal

Besides advocating to make it a National Holiday, here are 19 ways to celebrate the emancipation of Black lives and the end of slavery by name in the United States.

Los Angeles

El Segundo

A gathering to speak the names and stories of Black Americans who have lost their lives to police violence, community stories and spoken words, 3-5 p.m. El Segundo Library Park, 111 W. Mariposa Ave. Email: [email protected]


Leimert Park

A drive-thru car and motorcycle caravan begins at Kareem Court at The Forum (3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood) and proceeds through Inglewood, View Park, Windsor Hills to the Crenshaw District, noon-2 p.m. Parade ends at Leimert Park for “Pray for the Hood” event hosted by musician-entrepreneur Six Sev. Tylynn Burns, Ricole Carillo and Aliyah Thomas are the organizers for the inaugural parade (Burns’ Instagram @housepartycreative). Also, Leimert Park Rising, three stages of performances, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 19. Free. Leimert Park Village, 4337 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles. 


Manhattan Beach

A socially distanced Juneteenth picnic is set for 4 p.m. at Bruce’s Beach, 2600 Highland Ave., in Manhattan Beach.


Black Arts Los Angeles holds a four-mile walk to remember and celebrate when the last slaves in the United States finally heard, in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation, 8 a.m. The Juneteenth Monument Walk is Black Arts LA’s 11th Juneteenth event. The walk to the Juneteenth monument at Ganesha Park begins in the parking lot of the African American Museum of Beginnings (1460 E. Holt Ave., Pomona), on East Holt, to the monument at the park, 1575 N. White Ave., Pomona. 323-412-0811. 



San Gabriel Valley

The online discussion focusing on infant and maternal health and presented by the San Gabriel Valley Infant and Maternal Mortality Team, 5-6 p.m. Make a reservation from the link to receive the Zoom link. 


Sherman Oaks

Hosted by Juhahn Jones and Jenn Marie with entertainment, information on how to support Black-owned businesses, voter registration table and Black-owned food trucks (scheduled Cravin’ Crab CakesDon’t Forget the SugarNay’s Tacos and Vurger Guyz) 3 p.m. June 19. Strawberry soda and water to be provided. Event is in partnership with Oasis LA (www.oasisla.org/). Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks War Memorial Park, 14201 Huston St., Sherman Oaks. 


Thousand Oaks

Two locations to begin, 5 p.m. June 19. Lake Lindero Drive and Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Agoura Hills or from Bank of America Performing Arts Center, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Groups meet at the Promenade at Westlake Village, 100 Promenade Way.


A reading of “Polar Bears, Black Boys & Prairie Fringed Orchids’ by Vincent Terrell Durham, by IAMA Theatre Co. members Brandon Scott and Christine Woods, with Tesiana Elie, Todd Grinnell, Garrett Mercer, Kacie Rogers and Sheldon White, 6 p.m. Register for the Zoom event.


San Diego

Balboa Park

Sit-in/sing-in with an art display beginning at 4 p.m. called Artists 4 Black Lives. Location is at the Park Blvd and Presidents Way entrance to Balboa Park (across from the Navy Hospital, near Pepper Grove playground and Centro Cultura de la Raza). Art pieces will be hung at the Laurel St. Bridge.


Orange County


A Black Lives Matter protest and vigil will be held from 3 p.m. to sunset at Bill Barber Park, 4 Civic Center Plaza.  A separate block party is planned for 10 a.m. at the Irvine Civic Center.



A sunset vigil will be held 6 to 8 p.m. at Stoddard Park, 1901 S. 9th St, Anaheim.


Los Alamitos

The Haven Family Juneteenth Celebration invites community members for a cleanup in Los Alamitos. Meet at 3401 Norwalk Blvd., in Long Beach, at 4 p.m. A celebration will follow the cleanup from 5 to 8 p.m.


Santa Ana

A community vigil will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sasscer Park, at West Santa Ana Boulevard and North Ross Street. The vigil will feature Daniel Michael Lynem, the founder of the Black Panther Party’s Santa Ana chapter.



Susan G. Komen Orange County will hold a virtual event at  6 p.m. on its Facebook and YouTube pages. Veronica Jones from City of Hope and Tustin Councilwoman Letitia Clark will participate in the discussion and Q&A on breast health and other relevant topics.

Santa Barbara

“Digital Diaspora,” an online celebration of the history and achievements of the Black community in Santa Barbara County, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Reserve a spot on the Facebook link.


San Bernardino & Riverside

Perris Hill Park

The “Feed the Dino” Fair. The M.U.D.A Foundation and The DinoCan will feed as many people as possible, distribute essential items and clean up parts of town. There will be activities for all ages starting at noon at Perris Hill Park, 1135 E. Highland Ave. San Bernardino. 


Juneteenth Power Parade. Route 66 between San Bernardino and Pomona. Participants will gather at 11 a.m. at Carousel Mall in San Bernardino and caravan on Route 66 with decorated vehicles. The parade ends at Ganesha Park in Pomona.  Noon to 3 p.m. 



20th Annual Juneteenth celebration by the Riverside Juneteenth Committee in conjunction with the Riverside Multi-Cultural Council will present a Zoom watch party at 2 – 3:30 PM.


Juneteenth: State of our Community will be an online forum featuring local civic leaders examining public safety and policing policies. Sponsored by Cooperative Economic Empowerment Movement (CEEM). Please register.


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