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Emancipation Celebration 2024


2nd - 4th


Dates: 8/2/23 - 8/4/23

Total Duration: 3 Days

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Ewert Park  Joplin, MO

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This year's Joplin Emancipation "Park Days" Celebration is scheduled for August 2-4.


Thank you for your support, to all of our great event sponsors, volunteers & community members. We are thankful for the support our amazing community, while planning for a safe 2024 Emancipation Celebration!

The Joplin Emancipation Celebration Committee will be presenting its Annual Emancipation Celebration, August 4th - August 6th at Ewert Park in Joplin, MO.  Joplin Emancipation "Park Days" is a Joplin tradition, having been celebrated annually since at least 1914 (over 100 years).

The purpose of Emancipation "Park Days" Celebration is to provide a cultural event that educates on African American freedom and achievement.  We use this event to promote cultural diversity and respect for all cultures.  This event is also used to support other Committee objectives which are to serve, educate and advocate in our community.

As in years past, we have three full days of community activities planned, and are extremely excited about increasing community participation, while also attracting visitors from surrounding areas. 

Activities include: live entertainment, 16th annual car show, resource booths, Kid's Market, Movie in the Park, historical re-enactments, kids crafts, and much more


All activities are free to the public, everyone is welcome!

Historically, the Emancipation Celebration has been a time of family reunion for local African American families. However, with Joplin, MO, having only a 7% African American population, families have bi-racial children, mixed-race marriages, and adopted children from various ethnic backgrounds, the celebration aims to teach African American history and culture-while uniting all races in the community.

Please contact us directly regarding vendor space, sponsorship and your tax-deductible donations.

Your support helps make this event a success each and every year!


If you are a business owner, organization, or individual that would like to sponsor this event, please contact us directly!

Without sponsorship support, this event would not be possible.

This Year's Sponsors Include:

Joplin Parks and Recreation
The Flip Shop

Visit Joplin MO

Missouri Southern State University

Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce

Celebrate Joplin Sesquicentennial
eMotion Media Productions

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