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Juneteenth  2023 - A National Holiday

The Missouri City Juneteenth Celebration

presented by

the Missouri City Juneteenth Celebration Foundation 

in partnership with 

the city of Missouri City


Barack Obama | 44th U.S. President
Sheila Jackson Lee | United States Representative
Marcus Mosiah Garvey | Jamaican Activist
Dick Gregory | American Comedian
The Union Soldiers
James Baldwin | American Writer
Eric H. Holder | Former United States Attorney General
W. E. B. Du Bois | American Sociologist
Rev Jesse L. Jackson | Former Shadow US Senator, DC
Martin Luther King Jr. | American Minister
Al Sharpton | American Civil Rights Activist
Harriet Tubman | American Abolitionist
Malcolm X | African American Leader
Kamala Harris | Vice President of the United States
Barbara Jordan | Former United States Representative
Muhammad Ali | American Professional Boxer
Frederick Douglass | American Abolitionist
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Hotel Reservation for Juneteenth Celebration

Book your hotel stay at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriot Missouri City and receive the Juneteenth Celebration rate, and you will be entered for a chance to win a $250 gift card.

Event Summary: Juneteenth Celebration

Start Date: Thursday, June 15, 2023

End Date: Sunday, June 18, 2023

Last Day to Book: Thursday, June 15, 2023

Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Houston Missouri City for 109 USD - 129 USD per night

Don Smith

In Memory of

Don Smith Wins Re-Election in race for Missouri City Council District B on Saturday, May 9

Compassionate, devoted, and generous civil servant for Missouri City

Founder of the Missouri City Juneteenth Celebration Foundation


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The Mission

     During the fall of 2002, Missouri City Councilman, Don Smith, organized residents, business people, and civic leaders within the City of Missouri City, Texas.  As a result of their collaboration, a family-driven, five-day celebration of purpose and substance was born--thus the Missouri City Juneteenth Celebration Foundation. 
    Until 2022, Don Smith, now deceased, carried out his goals of bringing positive attention to citizens of Missouri City, awarding scholarships to deserving students, and celebrating June 19,1865, the day signified freedom for enslaved people in Texas--Juneteenth.

Don Smith Wins Re-Election in race for M
Juneteenth Retrospective

     Juneteenth is the oldest known commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, and the Emancipation Proclamation.

     On June 19, 1865, the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

     Juneteenth became a federal holiday in 2021, when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law. U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston lead the effort to get the bill passed. 


The Celebration

     The Missouri City Juneteenth Celebration offers five days of family-oriented, fun-filled events and activities which include:
a Kick-off
Reception, a Golf Tournament, a Community Service Awards Gala, the "One Mile of Smiles" parade, a Workforce Symposium and Job Fair, a Family Night Out, and a Concert in the Park; a music festival featuring Hip-Hop, R&B, Jazz, Blues, Country, Zydeco and renowned musical performers.

     The MCJCF utilizes many venues within Missouri City, but we place the spotlight on one in particular,  the “FREEDOM TREE,” located in Freedom Tree Park, which serves as a reminder of the tumultuous journey Africans faced upon their arrival to an inhospitable land. Yet, in spite of the prevailing conditions, they managed to accomplish much.



       The vision of the Missouri City Juneteenth Celebration Foundation (MCJCF) is to enhance the well-being of residents residing in the communities of Fort Bend County, particularly, citizens of Missouri City, Texas.

       We endeavor to accomplish these goals by:


  • creating culturally relevant community events and activities which positively portray the modern African American lifestyle      

  • developing programs designed to identify, nurture, and showcase talented, deserving students and young adults within the community 

  •  bringing together individuals from all social demographics to share and understand the benefits of good family living 


all presented in a festive atmosphere, laced in wholesome family values!






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P. O. Box 1007

Missouri City, Texas 77489

Phone: (281) 545-5009


Etta Smith           Chairman                        Ext. 700   

Laura Lopez        Administration              Ext. 702   

Etta Smith           Scholarships                  Ext. 704   


Golf Tournament                                               Ext. 6    

Gala                                 Anthony Snipes        Ext. 5

Movie in the Park        Anthony Snipes        Ext. 5

Parade                            Laura Lopez               Ext. 4    

Concert                           Etta Smith                 Ext 1     

Volunteers                     TBA                              Ext. 2   

Scholarships                  Etta Smith                 Ext. 3   


For any inquiries, questions or commendations, please call: (281) 545-5009 

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