Juneteenth in-person events return across Inland Empire

Juneteenth events are back in person this year as the Inland Empire marks the end of slavery.

Last year’s slate of activities included more virtual presentations, but most commemorations are returning to parks and community centers this year.

Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to tell slaves the Civil War was over and they were free. It came more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation and more than two months after the war.

The name combines June and Nineteenth.

Here are highlights of events planned in Riverside, San Bernardino and eastern Los Angeles counties.

Moreno Valley residents Atiaynna Wells, 8, and sister Azelaiah Wells, 5, right, lead the three-legged race as hundreds enjoy the Juneteenth Celebration hosted by The B.L.A.C.K. Collective and IOTA PHI THETA at Fairmount Park in Riverside on Saturday, June 19, 2021. (File photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Riverside County


Corona’s Juneteenth event on Sunday, June 19, will feature music, raffles, games, a kid’s corner and a Father’s Day Poetry Contest.

The celebration is set for 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Circle City Center, 365 N. Main St.

Information: [email protected]

— Allyson Vergara


A Juneteenth Jubilee celebration is set for Saturday, June 18, at  Lakepoint Park.

The event will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the park, 420 Lakeshore Drive.

Information: Veronica Griffin or Janee’ Robinson, 951-888-0511, [email protected]


The first Menifee Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom & Excellence will be Saturday, June 18, at Mt. San Jacinto College’s Menifee Valley campus.

The free outdoor event will feature a concert, food, vendors, arts and crafts, educational workshops and children’s activities. It is set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the college, 28237 La Piedra Road, Menifee. Parking is in  Lot D.

Information: www.menifeejuneteenth.com or [email protected]


The city will host its first Juneteenth celebration Saturday, June 18,  at the Civic Center Amphitheater.

The 2 p.m. event will include entertainment, food, children’s activities, artists and resource booths. The amphitheater is at 14075 Frederick St., behind the conference and recreation center.

Information: 951-413-3280 or moval.org/juneteenth

 — Monserrat Solis


The city’s Juneteenth celebration will feature live entertainment, art, vendors, food and activities on Saturday, June 18.

The free event is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Town Square Park, 41000 Main St., in Old Town Temecula.

Information: https://temeculaca.gov/Juneteenth

The University of Redlands’ Black Student Faculty Staff Administrator and Alumni, in collaboration with the Black Student Union, made shirts honoring Juneteenth, seen April 9, 2022, for the university’s upcoming second annual celebration. (File photo by John Valenzuela, Contributing Photographer)
San Bernardino County


The University of Redlands’ Juneteenth events start virtually Wednesday, June 15, and continue in-person on Friday, June 17, at the campus.

Wednesday’s events include a flag ceremony, history presentations and a Black in STEM panel discussion. Friday’s events include food trucks from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Truesdail parking lot, and a Step and Stroll Exhibition from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. outside the Glenn Wallichs Theater. Reservations for the Step and Stroll can be made by emailing [email protected]

The campus is at 1200 E Colton Ave.

Information: redlands.edu/juneteenth

— Jennifer Iyer

A Juneteenth Day of Celebration will start with a parade at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 19, at Sylvan Park in Redlands.

The event will include a flag ceremony, poetry reading vendors, food and a beer garden. A church service led by Bishop Jackie Green, of Second Baptist Church of Redlands, is set for 11 a.m. A music festival is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

East Colton Avenue will be closed between Church and University streets, as will Chapel Street, between East High and East Colton avenues, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The park is at 601 N University St.

Information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/juneteenth-music-festival-tickets-322485913047.

– Jennifer Iyer


San Bernardino Valley College is hosting a Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom on Saturday, June 18.

The free event, set for noon to 6 p.m., will be in the auditorium and Greek Theatre and will include performances, speakers, vendors, a kids’ zone and other resources. The campus is at 701 S. Mount Vernon Ave.

Information or registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/juneteenth-a-celebration-of-freedom-tickets-315796725507

— Brian Whitehead

The 2nd Annual Juneteenth Soul Festival Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, June 18, at San Manuel Stadium, 280 S. E St.

The event is set for noon to 6 p.m. and will feature live entertainment, games, soul food vendors and a marketplace to support local Black-owned businesses.

Information: 909-252-2359.

Los Angeles County


The African American Advisory Alliance in Pomona is hosting a freedom ride and ribbon-cutting event on Monday, June 20.

The event, set for 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., will begin at the African American Museum, 1460 W. Holt Blvd., where cars will be decorated before heading to downtown Pomona. The parade will end at the Alliance Community Cultural Center, 406 W. 2nd St., where a ribbon cutting will occur. The event will highlight Black creators and educators in the region, followed by a drum circle.

— Javier Rojas

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The 32nd annual Pomona Valley Juneteenth Jazz & Arts Festival is set for Saturday, June 18, at Ganesha Park.

The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the park, 1575 White Ave. It will feature live music and vendors.

Information: [email protected]