Kingsport Calendar of Events June 17 | Culture & Leisure

KINGSPORT – Two groups have scheduled events in the Model City to commemorate June 19.

The following events (excluding the Thursday online event) are taking place at the VO Dobbins Community Center and Ball Field, 301 Louis St. at MLK Drive.

Events are free, and parking is also free in the nearby Eastman parking lot.

Events and activities are subject to change.


6 p.m. – Virtual presentation on Juneteenth, Constitution and Civil Rights with Dr. Stewart Harris, Associate Director, Abraham Lincoln Institute for the Study of Leadership and Public Policy, Lincoln Memorial University.


6 p.m. – Juneteenth Parade from Centennial Park, downtown Kingsport to Dobbins Ball Field, Louis St. and MLK Drive, Riverview

5:00 p.m. – National Guard Mobile Drug Stash in Bullet Field

8 p.m. – Outdoor film: “The Nutty Professor” (PG), Dobbins Ball Field (free popcorn and cotton candy)


10 a.m. – Opening Ceremony, Special Welcome Letter, Calvin Sneed

“Amazing Grace” by Abey Hensley

10:30 a.m. – Juneteenth goal: Eastman Connect, Bishop Ron Collins and Karen Ellison

Mayor Pat Shull’s June 17th Proclamation

Kingsport City Manager Chris McCartt “Kingsport”

Kingsport Chamber of Commerce Words of Unity Miles Burdine

Remarks from Kingsport Police Chief Dale Phipps and Deputy Chief of Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Tracey Kittrell

Reading of the resolution of the Tennessee legislature by Kingsport Alderman Paul Montgomery

Remarks by Sullivan County Commissioner Hunter Locke

Liberty Bell Tolling to Begin June Celebration Events: Kingsport Alderman Betsy Cooper

12 p.m. to 8 p.m. – DJ Jimmy Jam

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – DB Double Dual Wrestling Camp, with coach Wesley Idlette and Trey and Clint Morrisette

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. – Unity Drum Circle

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – DB Football Camp, with former coach Graham Clark, current coach Joey Christian, former players Teddy Gaines and Malik Foreman

Unity Food Tasting, Douglass Community Hall, VO Dobbins Community Center

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – DB Basketball Skills and Drills, featuring former players Dimingo Hale and Travis Sensabaugh

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Juneteenth Band from Washington, DC

4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Demonstration

4 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Concert by Dove Award-winning singer and rap artist Aaron Cole

5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Distribution of school supplies by the Vic Danger Legacy Bikers

5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Holloway Dance Hip Hop (large gymnasium Dobbins VO)

5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. – Kaifa African Fashion Show

5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Door prizes

5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. – Brotherhood Step Show by Phi Beta Sigma members

6:20 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Juneteenth group selections

7:15 p.m. – Closing remarks on the day’s events; information on Sunday activities

Stands and additional information going on at the Dobbins Ball Court all day:

Balloon Art by New Vision Youth

Beach hut

Mona’s food factory

Eastman Connect Resource Group stand

Joe Bradley Inflatables

Douglass Alumni Sons and Daughters Association

Central Baptist Church voter registration

Job Corps – Shiloh Baptist Church

Northeast State Community College – drones and helicopter

Sullivan County Department of Health – SCAD

KT – Mobile Notary Tina Thompson

United health

Girls, Inc.

Appalachian Literacy Initiative – Gift Books

Northwestern Mutual Finance and Insurance

Clark Funeral Home

Bag races on the ground

Children’s center

Johnson City Face Paint NAACP / UMOJA

Dancing on stage

Food kiosks and vendors (fish, wings, bologna sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, drinks)

Lamp theater

Creations by Tish and Angie

Friends and neighbors

Free New Vision Youth & Children of the Community T-shirt

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Youth Fingerprinting (parent must be present)

Swamp Blood Mobile Unit

Kingsport Fire Department

Sister’s desires

KHRA Life Skills

Farmasi by Radiance Skin Cosmetics

Rap artist soloist Zacharias Dukes

Operation HOPE / First Horizon Bank National Community Outreach


4 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Welcome and prayer by Minister Tanya Foreman

Writing by Pastor Barry Braun

Musical selection by Abey Hensely

Atlanta gospel soloist Bonita Williamson

poem Juneteenth by Sister Donna Morrisette

Why Juneteenth by Bishop Ronnie Collins

Music by Christian singer Tobias

Closing remarks by Bishop Ronnie Collins

Blessing of Reverend Kenneth Calvert


The Tri-Cities Juneteenth Festival returns to the Model City from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 19 at Kingsport Memorial Gardens Park (on Fort Henry Drive) across from Dobyns-Bennett High School.


• Vendors and food trucks (from noon to 9 p.m.)

• Children’s area with inflatable houses, face painting and crafts (from noon to 5 p.m.)

• COVID-19 vaccinations by the Sullivan County Health Department (noon to 6 p.m.)

• Sullivan County (2:00 p.m.) and Kingsport (4:30 p.m.) Proclamations

• Stilt-walker shows (4 p.m. and 7 p.m.)

• Historical presentation by Sherman Patrick, professor of African-American history (1:30 p.m.)

“We have a very diverse range of entertainment. All of our artists are minorities, but they all sing different genres of music including country, hip hop, Latin America and rock, ”said organizer Kiera Moore Majeed.

• TR and Carla Dunn, gospel (2 p.m.)

• Tobias, contemporary Christian (4:45 p.m.)

• Jay Davis, country soul (5:30 p.m.)

• TJ Darnell, acoustic rock (6.15 p.m.)

• Florencia, Latin America (7:30 p.m.)

• Ismaël Nahemia, hip hop (20h)

• Tyrique Shahmir, hip hop (8:30 p.m.)

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