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SINCE 1914

Park Days 2020



31st - 2nd


This year's Joplin Emancipation "Park Days" Celebration has officially be rescheduled as a result of the COVID-19 virus.


Thank you for your support, to all of our great event sponsors, and for understanding this very difficult decision. We will continue to support our amazing community, while planning for a safe 2021 "Park Days" Celebration!

The Joplin Emancipation Celebration Committee will be presenting its 2021 Annual "Park Day" Celebration date soon.  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, 14th annual car show, kids fun run, resource booths,

Kids Fest, Movie in the Park, free swim, kids picnic, 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!


Dates: 7/31 - 8/02

Total Duration: 3 Days

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Ewert Park  Joplin, MO

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