Juneteenth in July: Coventry holds community picnic

Art by Falon Danielle Tripp

EDIT: This event is being postponed due to COVID concerns. We will update when the future date is announced.

It’s being celebrated a couple weeks late, but Coventry Village is going to throw a Juneteenth in July party.

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Coventry Village (located on Coventry Road in, Cleveland Heights) is holding a community picnic to honor the day. The event had been postponed do to COVID closures, but will now be held on July 25th, from 5pm until 10pm.

The outdoor event is free to the pubic, and invites the community to bring a picnic meal (either brought from home, or take-out from one of the many neighborhood restaurants), and relax in the park. Social distancing will be practiced, hand sanitizer will be made available, and the event planners ask that all people attending use correct mask courtesy.

Music will be performed by DJ / brass band combo Gumbo Dance Party from 6pm to 9pm, followed by a screening of the 1993 family movie Cool Runnings.

A small vendor market of black-owned businesses will be setting up shop during the event, and all metered and garage parking will be free of charge.

All are welcome to the event. As the site for the event states: “This is an event for the black community. Allies are welcomed.”

Looking for a great place to eat? Here’s a list of Black-owned restaurants in the Cleveland area.