JuneteenthKC returned in June 2019 with a series of events in Kansas City’s historic Eighteenth and Vine District celebrating the spirit of independence, freedom, and African American pride. The commemoration of Juneteenth has been a central part of African American life and culture in Kansas City since 1980. In 2019, this city-wide celebration of Emancipation included a diverse array of free family-friendly events, including the Juneteenth Cultural Parade on Saturday, June 1; the “JuneteenthKC Edition” of First Fridays on Friday, June 7; the Juneteenth Celebration at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on Saturday, June 8; and the JuneteenthKC Heritage Festival on Saturday, June 15.