Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. While the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863, African Americans enslaved in Texas weren’t told they were free until June 19, 1865, more than two years later. Today, Juneteenth is recognized as a federal holiday and is celebrated across communities worldwide, including right here in Frisco.
One can’t-miss event is the Soul Patrol Juneteenth Bike Rally. It’s the first of its kind in Frisco and is spearheaded by Hillis Davis, founder of the Soul Patrol – a foundation rooted in education, motivation, collaboration, and charitable giving. What started as a small group of African American cyclists and friends wanting fellowship and community with likeminded people, has now become a significant event in the cycling world, bringing riders from near and far.
“Our first event was held during the pandemic and 70 people showed up,” said Davis. “People came from as far south as Waco and as far west as Abilene.”
Now in its fourth year, the bike rally has close to 500 participants from around the metroplex, within the state, and as far as Missouri and Arizona. The event features four scenic bike routes for cyclists of all levels, with hype stations to cheer you on throughout the ride. Even if you’re not a cyclist, come out and enjoy old school tunes, food trucks, and shop from more than 25 vendors, including Black-owned businesses.
If you can’t be in-person for this year’s event, you can still support by donating to the Soul Patrol Foundation. Proceeds from this event will support scholarships for North Texas high school seniors seeking a higher education. The Juneteenth Bike Rally is Saturday, June 17 kicking off at the David Kuykendall Stadium (formerly Memorial Stadium). You can register for the bike rally here.
Other Juneteenth events happening in Frisco:
Juneteenth Crafts at Frisco Heritage Museum | Saturday, June 17; 1-3pm
6455 Page Street Frisco, TX 75034
Visit the Heritage Center, the city’s historical park and museum, to learn about Frisco’s past. In addition to your visit, the museum is hosting a Juneteenth friendship bracelet craft day as part of their Common Threads series. The event is free to attend and will offer a fun afternoon for kids to learn about the significance of this holiday.
Juneteenth Unity Games | Sunday, June 18; 4-8 pm
Comerica Center, 2601 Avenue of the Stars Frisco, TX 75034
Let your inner child (and competitive spirit) run free at the third annual Juneteenth Unity Games. This family-founded event includes field day games, live paintings, and a culture corner for dance, music and more. The event is free to attend with a donation of school supplies or non-perishable food items. Small businesses will also be attendance to shop and support, as well as food vendors.
Juneteenth Movie Screening & Art Exhibit | Monday, June 19; 10am - 5pm
6560 John Hickman Parkway, Suite 100 Frisco, TX 75034
Enjoy a day of learning and education at the documentary screening of, “The Last to Know.” This film explores the life of Dr. Opal Lee, known as the “grandmother of Juneteenth” for her activism in making Juneteenth a federal holiday. Following the film screening, stick around for a panel discussion from local community leaders, enjoy an art exhibit of local Black artists, and savor snacks and treats from the onsite food trucks. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.
Don’t let the celebrations stop there. Be sure to support the many Black-owned restaurants and businesses Frisco has to offer this Juneteenth weekend and all year long. Plan your trip to Frisco with the official Visitor's Guide.