Please be aware that Juneteenth (June 19, 2023) is a federal and state holiday and that St. Louis Park Public Schools will be closed, including summer programming, Kids Place and other school-related activities on this day. We look forward to welcoming students to summer programs beginning Tuesday, June 20.
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth recognizes the historical pronouncement of the abolition of slavery on June 19, 1865, when the Emancipation Proclamation was said to have been first publicly read in Texas by Union soldiers.
Why didn’t we know sooner that SLP would be closed on Juneteenth?
Recent Minnesota legislation established Juneteenth as a state holiday. Minnesota school districts received notice of this change on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, and the Minnesota Department of Education advised that schools cannot hold classes or programs, school board meetings, athletic practices and competitions, and other school-related activities.
Join the city for a Juneteenth celebration! Come celebrate the community and shop at local, Black-owned business booths, enjoy food and experience educational content and special guests centered around the Black and African American community. This event is hosted by the City of St. Louis Park, St. Louis Park Community Education and St. Louis Park Parktacular.
Schedule of Events
- 1 – 4 p.m., DJ Trilogy, 30 Black-owned small businesses vendors and food vendors, STEP food drive
- 1 – 1:15 p.m., Welcome MC Andre McNeal to the stage
- 1:30 – 2:15 p.m., Brother Ghana Interactive African Drumming
- 2:15 p.m., Mari Harris performs The Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing”
- 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Focused community conversations
Summer Program Changes
All SLP summer programs will begin on Tuesday, June 20, 2023. Families enrolled in summer programs previously scheduled will be notified of any potential refunds, credits or rescheduling plans.