Juneteenth events bringing food, family fun to metro Detroit cities

Community groups across metro Detroit will bring people together to recognize Juneteenth this weekend.

The national holiday commemorates the day the last group of slaves in Texas were notified of their freedom on June 19, 1865. Events across the region will give people a chance to celebrate freedom for all Americans, shop, eat and learn about the holiday’s history.

Here’s a few local events to check out:

Heritage Celebration in Westland

Wayne County Parks and Huron-Clinton Metroparks are partnering to host a Juneteenth event at Nankin Mills Park in Westland noon to 4 pm Saturday, June 18.

The first-time event will include storytelling, activities for children like inflatables, musical entertainment, crafts and more. Nankin Mills is located at 33275 Edward Hines Drive.

To learn more, call 734-261-1990.

Canton Liberty Fest

Canton's Liberty Fest weekend, held this year June 17-19, usually draws thousands of carnival goers.

Canton Township is hosting a Juneteenth celebration as part of its annual Liberty Fest through a partnership with Jack and Jill of America. The inaugural ceremony will kick off a community tradition that will continue in future years.

People will gather at the Heritage Park Amphitheater, 1150 South Canton Center Road, 3 pm Saturday, June 18 for presentations and entertainment. Performers include the Oak Park Marching Band and Thornetta Davis. The Divine 9 Yard Show will also put on a step show in honor of historically Black fraternities and sororities.

Vendors at the site are will all be Black-owned businesses.

Culture, unity event at Novi library

The Novi Public Library, 45255 Ten Mile Road, is putting an educational spin on the fun during its “Unity in the Community” event 12:30-3 pm Saturday, June 18.