The June 20th
skate event is cancelled
About this event
This novel event is being hosted and programmed by the Black Impact Collaborative. BIC began as a collective of leaders across organizations led by and serving African Americans in Greater Grand Rapids. Since April 25, 2020, the collaborative has worked to respond to the COVID-19 crisis through the delivery of programs and community engagement activities.

This group of leaders are committed to moving in solidarity and collectively supporting the short and long-term needs of Black Greater Grand Rapids (BGGR). The vision is to garner the human and financial resources necessary to maintain a thriving, safe, and whole BGGR during COVID and beyond.

Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration honoring the end of slavery in the United States, is a day of liberation - a feeling many have when skating. Therefore, we're excited to have Juneteenth serve as the backdrop for our public announcement that BIC is officially a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. This activation is just one opportunity to educate the community about our mission and the plight and liberation of Black people. It is also a celebration of the ongoing work and impact that BIC will make in this community for many years to come.
Calder Plaza
300 Monroe Ave. NW,
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Date & Time
Friday, June 18 -
Sunday, June 20

3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FREE admission and
FREE skate rental

The rink capacity is limited and advance booking is strongly recommended. Click on the booking link below to reserve your time slot.
The June 20th
skate event is cancelled
event schedule
FRIDAY, june 18
FAMILY REUNION: "We are Family"
BIC Impact Areas Spotlighted: Youth & Child Education and Older Adults
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Roller Skating

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Community Engagement Vendors:
Grand Rapids Children's Museum Kids Can! Van
Malamiah Juice Bar

McDonald's Owner Operators of Michigan
Mobile GR
Mosby's Popcorn
National Heritage Academy
Urban Core Collective

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Live Music by DJ James B
This day is brought to you by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.
SATURDAy, june 19
HAPPY JUNETEENTH: "Say It Loud. I'm Black And I'm Proud"
BIC Impact Areas Spotlighted: COVID-19 Response and Health & Well-Being
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Roller Skating

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Cherry Health Onsite Vaccinations [register onsite or in advance by calling 616-965-8347]

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Community Engagement Vendors:
McDonald's Owner Operators of Michigan
Mobile GR
Mosby's Popcorn

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Live Music by DJ Super Dre

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Zumba Fitness Fundraiser for Nika Price w/ Soulful Motion [click here to register]
This day is brought to you by McDonald's Owner Operators of Michigan
sUNDAY, june 20
JOURNEY TO FREEDOM: "Buy Black The Block"
BIC Impact Areas Spotlighted: Ensure protections for incarcerated person reintegrating into society and Economic security
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Roller Skating is CANCELLED TODAY!
This day is brought to you by Mobile GR
"When the reality of racial injustice became too taxing, skating was the revolutionary way to reclaim their joy." 

- Amanda Alcantara
Nearby Restaurant Establishments
Restaurant Name/LocationPhone
Monroe Avenue 
Roam by San Chez616.288.9129
Z’ Bar & Restaurant616.454.3141
Division Avenue 
Rockwell Republic616.551.3563
Jamaican Daves616.458.7875
GR Noir616.719.1191
Stella’s Lounge616.742.4444
Menna’s Joint616.742.3827
Monroe Center 
Angel’s Thai Café616.454.9801
Brick and Porter616.226.6928
Cinco De Mayo616.719.2401
Jimmy John’s616235.4500
Osteria Rossa616.988.9350
Sushi Yama616.233.9881
Art Caribbean Fusion Cuisine616.724.4370
Parsley Mediterranean Bar & Grill616.776.2590
Soho Sushi616.235.6969
Ski’s Sub Shop616.802.0995
Ionia Street 
Hop Cat616.451.4677
Max’s South Seas Hideaway616.551.0016
Mosby's Popcorn616.260.6466
Grand Rapids Brewing Co.616.458-7000
One Twenty-Three Tavern616.900.9123
Dublin Hall616.456.7673
Buffalo Wild Wings616.454.9464
Arena District 
Bistro Bella Vita616.222.4600
San Chez A Tapa Bistro616.774.8272
Leo’s Coney Island616.805.3780
Malamiah Juice616.600.7744
Knoop Rooftop Beer Garden616.456.6200
Ottawa Avenue 
Tupelo Honey616.239.7158
Forty Pearl616.608.7741
Big O’s Pizza616.451.1887
Skating x Black Culture
Skating has always been alive and well, especially in the Black Community. "Black culture and skating goes hand in hand." Roller skating serves as an expression of liberation, freedom and creativity as well as an outlet for coping with stress and one's mental health. It's truly an art to be able to gracefully control the movement of four wheels on steel. Check out this LA times interview with reporter, Makeda Easter, as she uncovers how Black culture made roller skating popular again during and post pandemic.
other GR juneteenth events
Several Juneteenth events are being hosted in and around Grand Rapids over the weekend, which we fully support and are proud to promote. All of the hosts share the common goal of celebrating the liberation of Black people. And, so we invite you to and attend one or all the events listed below to share in the celebration with us.
june 19
Juneteenth Virtual Panel & Blood Drive
hosted by NAACP

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Virtual Panel Conversation (June 14, 2021)
Watch Playback of Panel Conversation

9:30 AM - 1:30 PM | Blood Drive
Baxter Community Center
935 Baxter St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

For more information, email [email protected] or call (616) 719-3478

Independence Day Celebration - Dickinson Park Dundunba "Power In The People"
hosted by West Michigan Jewels of Africa

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Parade begins
1500 block of Eastern St. SE near Cottage Grove St.

1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Opening Ceremony at Dickinson Park
1635 Willard Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Refreshments - African Drumming - Family Games
For more information, email info@[email protected] or text (616) 633-8148

Justice for 4 All Juneteenth Jam: 2021 Celebration of Freedom
hosted by Tron

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ah-Nab-Awen Park
120 Front Ave. NW,
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Live Music - Vendors - Art Showcase - And More
For more information, email [email protected] or call (989) 817-2867

Juneteenth Pop-Up Shop
hosted by Excel Church and Charity Christine

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Excel Church
755 Fuller Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Food - Vendors - Live Music - Giveaways
For more information, email [email protected]

Juneteenth Celebration
hosted by The Voices of the Revolution

2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Joe Taylor Park
1038 Bemis St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Food - Vendors - Games - Much More
For more information, email [email protected]

All White Classic Reunion: Juneteenth Celebration
hosted by Britney Sylvester

2:00 PM - 8:30 PM
MLK Park
900 Fuller Ave. St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Food - Vendors - Car Show
For more information, email [email protected]

Trio Nomadic- Damon Warmack, Nate Winn, and Demetrius Nabors
hosted by GR Noir

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
GR Noir Wine & Jazz
35 Division Ave. S
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

For more information, visit
meet us here
Calder Plaza
300 Monroe Ave. NW,
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Parking for the event is available at parking meters, which are FREE most evenings after 5pm or 6pm. Be sure to carefully check the meter. For more information about street parking, click here

Parking is also available for a fee in the Fifth Third and government parking ramps, which are accessible from both Monroe and Ottawa Ave. To view the parking rates for the government or neighboring city ramps, click here.
have a question?
Send us a message, and someone will respond to your inquiry within 24 hours.
Thank You! community partners

Processing Registration...

Powered by: