Juneteenth: Celebrate, Learn, and Reflect at Events In and Around Oakland County

Juneteenth (Freedom Day) June 19

Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, marks the anniversary of the day in 1865 when news of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation reached Galveston, Texas – nearly two years after the proclamation had been issued. The holiday is a celebration of the freedom and liberation of the last of the enslaved people in the United States.

“We mark Juneteenth to celebrate the end of the dark chapter of slavery in our country. It is a day for us to reflect on our history and ensure that we understand the impacts of that history which are still with us today. We dedicate ourselves to freedom from discrimination, violence, and unequal justice.”

Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter

Juneteenth represents resistance, resilience, and the joy that freedom brings. Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter sat down with Oakland County Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer Robin Carter-Cooper to talk about this important milestone in America’s history:

At its meeting on June 7, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners voted to designate Juneteenth as a county holiday in 2022. The county will observe Monday, June 20 as the Juneteenth holiday, and all county offices will be closed.

“Juneteenth isn’t just Black history. Slavery ended on this day, which is a very important moment for the Black community, and I’m proud that the Board and county administration have taken action to acknowledge this.”

Commissioner Angela Powell (D-Pontiac)

On June 1, 2022, the Michigan Supreme Court issued an order stating that June 19 become a recognized court holiday and ordered all courts in the State of Michigan be closed on Monday, June 20. President Joe Biden signed a bill in 2021 designating Juneteenth as a national holiday.

“Holidays have meaning and purpose. We encourage county employees and residents to observe Juneteenth to reflect on our history, and together commit to a better future for everyone by addressing racial injustice in America.”

Board Chairman David T. Woodward (D-Royal Oak)

Find a Juneteenth event in Oakland County:

In commemoration of the 157th anniversary of Juneteenth, use our list of events in Oakland County below to find a celebration near you. Visit our Juneteenth Things to Do Page for even more activities throughout Metro Detroit.

Farmington and Farmington Hills

June 3-30: Juneteenth Film Festival
June 17-19: Farmington Area Juneteenth Celebration

Ferndale

June 18: Ferndale/Hazel Park Juneteenth Celebration
June 19: Juneteenth Date Night

Hazel Park

June 18: Ferndale/Hazel Park Juneteenth Celebration

Madison Heights

June 18: Madison Heights Juneteenth Celebration

Oak Park

June 19: Juneteenth Celebration

Pontiac

June 18: Juneteenth Street Festival
June 19: Juneteenth Parade

Royal Oak

June 3-30: Juneteenth Film Festival
June 15: Juneteenth Roundtable Discussion
June 19: Juneteenth Celebration

Southfield

June 15-22: Southfield Juneteenth Celebration
June 18: Juneteenth Family Reunion
June 19: My Black is Power Juneteenth Pop-up

West Bloomfield

June 18: Juneteenth In The WB

Virtual Program

June 16: Preserving MI Harvest – Celebrating Juneteenth: African-American Cuisine

Do you know of any other Juneteenth events taking place in the Oakland County area? Let us know about them; contact us at socialmedia@oakgov.com.

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Donate to Forgotten Harvest, Every Pound Counts

Forgotten Harvest is one of the largest and most efficient food rescue organizations in the United States of America. The organization rescues fresh, nutritious surplus food and sends it to hungry communities. Last year, they rescued 45 million pounds of food that would have otherwise been wasted; each pound represents a meal enjoyed by a community member who needs it.

Take a look at this video that goes behind the scenes at the Forgotten Harvest warehouse in Oak Park:

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Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Coats for the Cold 2018

Four young girls bundled up in winter coats drinking hot chocolate.

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is accepting donations for the 31st annual “Coats for the Cold” coat drive from November 1st to November 30th. Clean, gently-used or new coats can be dropped off at one of their drop-off sites around Oakland County. All Oakland County locations of Real Estate One HQ and Genisys Credit Union are drop-off sites. Additionally, donors will receive up to $50 off the cost of a pet adoption ($10 per donated coat, up to five coats) at the Oakland County Pet Adoption Center.

For a list of all drop-off sites, click the button below:

Coats for the Cold Drop-Off Sites

Donated coats will be sent to various local charitable organizations who distribute the coats to community members in need.

“Coats for the Cold is an easy way for the community to reach out and help someone less fortunate stay warm this winter,” Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard said. “For the past 30 years, we have worked with local charitable organizations to provide free coats to those in need. The community’s generosity has been wonderful every year.”

This year’s drive is sponsored by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with 1-800-Self-Storage.com, COWS (Container on Wheels Mobile Storage), Real Estate One, Genisys Credit Union, 105.1 FM The Bounce Detroit, and many other community organizations around Oakland County.

Learn more about “Coats for the Cold” and other community outreach initiatives of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, visit their website, like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.


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Summer Camps and Outdoor Fun in Oakland County

School is out and that means kids all around Oakland County are searching for fun activities to keep them entertained. Luckily, there are a wide variety of summer camps and outdoor entertainment happening in our area. Whether they’re interested in boating down a steady stream, hiking in the hills, crafting pieces of art, or practicing robotics indoors, communities in Oakland County have something for everyone.

For a complete list of summer camps and outdoor activities, visit our master list below.

List of Summer Camps and Outdoor Fun in Oakland County

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Board of Commissioners Raise Awareness for Gun and School Safety

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners will recognize National Safety Month with their annual Gun Safety Awareness press conference on Tuesday, June 19th at 1:30 p.m. The conference will be attended by county officials, safety advocates, and over 30 local law enforcement agencies. It will highlight the importance of safe firearm storage in curbing gun violence, tragic accidents, and suicide.

The Board is partnering with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, the Oakland County Health Division, and Oakland Schools to focus its efforts on school safety this year, with special attention directed toward Youth Suicide Prevention, Active Shooter Preparedness, and Anti-Bullying. Resources for these topics, and others, are available on the Board of Commissioners School Safety resources webpage.

Members of the public are invited to attend the press conference at the Oakland County Board of Commissioners Auditorium at 1200 N. Telegraph Road in Pontiac where free gun locks will be available. You can join the conversation online during the event by following @OakGov on Twitter and using #OaklandCounty. Continue reading