Counties Celebrate Freedom For All This Juneteenth
Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state and ensure all enslaved people be freed, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed and as the Civil War came to a close.
Juneteenth gets its name by combining both "June" and "nineteenth," for June 19, 1865, the day that Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston with his announcement.
Formerly known as Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day, Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday.
"On Juneteenth, we recommit ourselves to the work of equity, equality, and justice. And, we celebrate the centuries of struggle, courage, and hope that have brought us to this time of progress and possibility. That work has been led throughout our history by abolitionists and educators, civil rights advocates and lawyers, courageous activists and trade unionists, public officials, and everyday Americans who have helped make real the ideals of our founding documents for all,” A Proclamation on Juneteenth Day of Observance, 2021, President Joseph Biden.
Counties across New York State are joining in the Juneteenth celebration of Black culture and highlighting the ongoing fight for equality. Check out the collection of Juneteenth events below to find a celebration near you!
Juneteenth events in the Capital Region
Annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival returns to Albany's South End
Juneteenth, Pride, Blues Fest and beyond: What to do in Syracuse this weekend
Juneteenth Weekend Events in Madison County, NY
Booster clinic during Juneteenth in Ithaca
Genesee Country Village to honor Juneteenth with Saturday events
Rochester community to celebrate Juneteenth with festivities this weekend
Events celebrating Juneteenth slated in Niagara Falls
Juneteenth Celebration begins Friday in Dunkirk
Guide to Juneteenth Events in Buffalo & WNY
Juneteenth events planned for Olean this weekend
Colors of Freedom: Juneteenth self-driving tour to feature stops in Clinton, Essex counties
9th annual Watertown Juneteenth event
Events to celebrate and commemorate Juneteenth
Oneonta Juneteenth Festival: A Powerful Day of Diversity and Fun June 19
Juneteenth kickoff to be held in Kemble Park: Here are 7 ways to celebrate this month
Juneteenth 2022: Remembering one of Elmira's first Black police officer
Binghamton Juneteenth events include awards ceremony, outdoor celebration, concert
Juneteenth: Here are events in the Mid Hudson Valley that are celebrating it
Juneteenth 2022 Events in the Hudson Valley
Inaugural Junteenth Jubilee To Be Hosted By Suffolk
Nassau Legislators Holding Juneteenth Celebration On June 19
Seminars, concerts, cultural festivals for Juneteenth on Long Island
New York City
Juneteenth 2022: What's Open, Closed For The Holiday In New York City
Juneteenth 2022: What to do, where to celebrate in NYC
Celebrate Juneteenth at these cultural events throughout NYC