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Juneteenth celebration

The entire community is invited to join in Oak Park’s celebration of Juneteenth:

2023 Juneteenth Events

  • Juneteenth flag-raising ceremony
    • 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 14
    • Village Hall courtyard
    • Oak Park's Juneteenth festivities begin with a flag-raising ceremony from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14 in the courtyard at Village Hall, 123 Madison. The free event will include speakers, food and more. 
  • Juneteenth parade and community cookout
    • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, June 18
    • Oak Park's Juneteenth celebration culminates with a parade and community cookout on Sunday, June 18.

The parade steps off at 11 a.m. from Longfellow Park near Jackson Boulevard and will march north on Ridgeland Avenue to Augusta Street. Community groups and organizations are invited to participate in the parade, which is being organized by members of the community.

Click here to register as a parade participant

Following the parade, a community cookout sponsored by the Village will be held at Taylor Park, 400 Division St. The cookout will feature a DJ, live entertainment, games, free food and drinks and more.

Juneteenth Youth Arts Contest

Calling all Oak Park youth artists! The Village’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is hosting a Juneteenth Youth Arts Contest open to anyone age 18 and younger who lives or attends school in Oak Park.

Artists are invited to create an work of art that embodies Juneteenth and why it is important. All forms of art are welcome, including hip-hop/rap, spoken word, paintings, etc.

The deadline to submit a contest entry is Monday, June 12. Winners will receive a cash prize.

The Village's Office of DEI will announce winners for elementary, middle and high school age groups at the Juneteenth Cookout on June 18.

Click here to submit a contest entry

For more information, email