Celebrating Juneteenth with Power 98.3: Honoring Freedom and Unity

As we come together to commemorate Juneteenth, Power 98.3 and RSI The Refrigeration School is proud to celebrate this significant day of freedom and unity. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, marks the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. It’s a time to reflect on our history, celebrate progress, and look forward to a future of equality and justice for all.

The History of Juneteenth

Juneteenth, short for “June Nineteenth,” originated in Galveston, Texas, when Union General Gordon Granger announced on June 19, 1865, that all enslaved people in Texas were free, over two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. This day has since become a symbol of African American freedom and achievement, celebrated with cultural festivities, educational events, and community gatherings.

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Power 98.3’s Commitment to Juneteenth

At Power 98.3, we believe in the power of community and the importance of celebrating milestones that bring us closer together. This Juneteenth, we are dedicating our platform to highlight the rich cultural heritage and resilience of the African American community. Join us as we honor this historic day with a series of special events, music, and educational content.

Juneteenth Events Highlighted by Power 98.3

Here are some exciting events happening in our community to celebrate Juneteenth:

Kickoff to Juneteenth

Date: June 8

Location: Glendale Adult Center

Description: You will not leave this Juneteenth Event without a clear understandung of why we are Celebrating. Our Youngest Vendor is 12 years old and the most Senior is 72 years young. We have a Theme and we have a Message for this Event. We have a Purpose and a Mandate that we will disclose during this 6 hour Event. We welcome those members of our Community that are disabled, living within a Group Home environment and our 65 years plus residents. Click here for event info.

Juneteenth Evening Festival

Date: June 11

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Description: Join us as we commemorate Juneteenth at the Garden. Stroll through the trails to enjoy a day filled with activities that celebrate Black culture and traditions. Desert Botanical Garden honors Juneteenth’s legacy of change by celebrating Black culture and excellence through storytelling, history, art, performance, community discussion and entrepreneurship. Click here for event info.

Miss Juneteenth Arizona Scholarship Gala and Pageant

Date: June 14

Location: Chandler Center of the Arts

Description: The South Chandler Self-Help Foundation, Inc. is thrilled to announce the Miss Juneteenth Arizona Scholarship Gala and Pageant. This event is dedicated to celebrating our young women’s talent, intelligence, and cultural heritage. Join us for an unforgettable evening that honors Juneteenth and supports the aspirations of the contestants. To kick off the evening, our Gala will feature hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Appolon. Meet and greet the contestants, Take pictures with the contestants and the current Queen, Miss Juneteenth Arizona 2023, Sascha Reveron. This event is more than a pageant; it celebrates history, culture, and community. By attending, you are supporting the contestants, honoring the legacy of Juneteenth, and contributing to the empowerment of future leaders. Click here for event info.

Valley of the Sun Juneteenth Celebration

Date: June 15

Location: Eastlake Park Community

Description: Valley of the Sun Juneteenth Celebration is committed to the preservation of the historic contributions of African Americans by promoting and cultivating knowledge and appreciation of Black history and culture. Valley of the Sun Juneteenth Celebration was formed in 2005 after the historic event was moved to February by the City of Phoenix. The VOS Juneteenth Committee returned the event to its original month to maintain the history of the celebration! Click here for event info.

Culture Music in the Park

Date: June 15

Location: Dr. A.J. Chandler Park West

Description:The City of Chandler’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Division is celebrating Juneteenth and Freedom Week by co-hosting the third annual Culture Music in the Park event on Saturday, June 15, from 7-9:30 p.m. at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park West, 3 S. Arizona Ave. The public is invited to enjoy live music by Vaughn Willis & Ear Candy. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair (to chill between musical sets), enjoy delicious food from local vendors available for purchase, and stay cool with misters onsite. Co-hosting the event with Chandler’s DEI Division are South Chandler Self-Help Foundation and Ready, Set, Go! Foundation. Click here for event info.

4th Annual RYBE Juneteenth Celebration

Date: June 15

Location: Footprint Center

Description: Shop over 50 black-owned small businesses while you enjoy performances from local AZ artists! Our Drum culture performance by Sankofa West African Drum and Dance on Stilts is one experience you have to see! Click here for event info.

Tempe Juneteenth Celebration

Date: June 15

Location: Tempe History Museum

Description: The African American Advisory Committee is presenting the 11th Annual Juneteenth Celebration to educate the community and celebrate freedom from slavery in the United States. The celebration will be held at the Tempe History Museum, 809 E Southern Avenue, Tempe. This free, family-friendly event will include hands-on activities and performances, community resources, story time, Police and Fire vehicles, food trucks and more! Click here for event info.

Carver’s Inaugural Juneteenth Festival

Date: June 15

Location: George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center

Description: Join us as we commemorate Juneteenth’s legacy of community empowerment through the celebration of Black history, music, culture, and tradition. Explore Carver’s historic halls and enjoy family-friendly performances, arts and crafts, vendor and community booths, and delicious food! Click here for event info.

Juneteenth Celebration

Date: June 15

Location: Butterfield Elementary School

Description: The event will commence with a ceremonial reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, a significant moment in our history. This will be followed by captivating performances from local musicians and poets. Attendees can delve into cultural exhibitions, relish traditional foods, and engage in educational workshops meticulously designed to deepen their understanding of this pivotal moment in American history. Click here for event info.

Queen Creek Juneteenth Festival

Date: June 15

Location: Crismon High School

Description: At Queen Creek Juneteenth Festival, we honor and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of our community. Since our establishment in 2000, we have been dedicated to promoting support, empowerment, and progress. We believe in the power of unity and diversity, and strive to create a platform that brings people together to share, learn, and grow. Through our events and initiatives, we aim to inspire positive change and foster a sense of belonging. Join us as we continue to make history and create a brighter future for all. Click here for event info.

Scottsdale Community Juneteenth Celebration

Date: June 15

Location: Scottsdale Center for the Performing arts

Description: Celebrate freedom and community at Scottsdale’s Community Juneteenth Celebration presented by Mayo Clinic on Saturday, June 15, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. This vibrant event promises a day filled with indoor and outdoor activities, delicious food, uplifting music, family-friendly entertainment, enlightening educational speakers, captivating art displays, wellness resources and much more. Click here for event info.

Juneteenth Celebration

Date: June 16

Location: Arizona Heritage Center

Description: Please join us on Sunday, June 16, 2024 at the Arizona Heritage Center for our Annual Juneteenth Celebration. Community members will connect with each other and a variety of organizations representing historical societies, action groups, state resources, and the community at large. Guests are welcome to wander, discuss, and enjoy performances, activities, and food! Entrance to this special event is FREE. Choose the Supporter Admission Pass option for $10 to support future programming of this kind. We look forward to seeing you at the museum! Click here for event info.

Black Chamber Uniting For a Brighter Future – Juneteenth Celebraiton

Date: June 18

Location: University of Phoenix Campus

Description:Let’s honor the past, celebrate the present, and look forward to a brighter future together. Speakers: Congressman Greg Stanton, Mayor Kate Gallego, John Ramirez, Dr. Velma Trayham, Teniqua Broughton, and Marchelle Franklin, amongst others. This event is an opportunity to hear the unveiling of the Black Chambers’ plans, announce new board members, and strengthen our community bonds. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect, inspire, and uplift one another. See you there! Click here for event info.

Centered. Storytelling: Afros+Cornrows-When Did You Fall in Love with Your Hair?

Date: June 19

Location: Phoenix Center for the Arts

Description: Centered.PHX (@centered.phx) returns with its highly anticipated Juneteenth storytelling experience-Afros and Cornrows: When Did You Fall in Love with Your Hair! Join us this Juneteenth, Wednesday June 19th, for extraordinary storytelling and get ready to be captivated by an evening filled with powerful narratives as community members share their personal stories of when they fell in love with their hair. This event focuses on celebrating Afros, cornrows, and the unique experiences that Black individuals have with their hair.  Click here for event info.

 Rooted in Resilience a Juneteenth Celebration

Date: June 19

Location: Mesa Community College

Description: Join us for a gathering filled with Performances, Health Fair, Career Empowerment Hub, Special show in the MCC Planetarium, Mesa Community College’s Live Performance DJs, Art Exhibition, Food Trucks, Activities and more… Click here for event info.

Juneteenth Celebration

Date: June 19

Location: Skateland

Description: This event will be one that you don’t want to miss! Come join BSP PHX as we celebrate Juneteenth and enjoy food, drinks, skating and fellowship with our people! 🛼 Click here for event info.

Juneteenth Confetti Poppers

Date: June 19

Location: Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Description: Today is Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day! It is an American holiday we observe on June 19th to commemorate the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved African Americans in Texas. Celebrate with us as we make our own confetti poppers! Click here for event info.

Gilbert Juneteenth Celebration

Date: June 19

Location: Southwest Regional Library

Description: Get ready to be part of a Juneteenth Celebration, presented by Gilbert Arts Academy in partnership, with Maricopa County Library District on June 19th!  Join us from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Southeast Regional Library to learn about this significant moment in American history. Activities include: Interactive music and dance by Kawambe-Omowale African Drum & Dance, Musical entertainment by Drum Arizona, Inc, Local businesses showcasing diverse products and services, Storytime, Arts and crafts and more! Click here for event info.

Juneteenth Tempe Open Mic

Date: June 19

Location: 2016 E Wildermuth Ave, Unit 1128

Description: We are hosting a Open Mic and the crowd favorite will get $300.00 cash early bird tickets on sale now. This is also a JUNETEENTH EVENT.  Come show off what you got! Crowed favorite for 300$ CASH prize. Click here for event info.

Maricopa’s Juneteenth Festival

Date: June 22

Location: Central Arizona College (Maricopa Campus)

Description: Celebrate unity, community, and freedom at our Juneteenth Festival with music, food, and culture! Click here for event info.

Stay connected with us on social media for updates and coverage of Juneteenth events. Share your experiences using the hashtag #JuneteenthWithPower98.

Happy Juneteenth from all of us at Power 98.3!


By celebrating Juneteenth, we recognize the importance of freedom, justice, and community. Join us in making this Juneteenth a memorable and impactful celebration.

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