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Juneteenth events and celebrations

Juneteenth events and celebrations

Juneteenth, first recognized as a national holiday last year, celebrates June 19, 1865, the date when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to free the remaining enslaved people in the United States. Here are some events where you can celebrate this momentous day.

June 16

Sun River Health Presents- Juneteenth: Access for All Celebration. Join a joyous Juneteenth celebration with some incredible musical performers on the stage. The evening will highlight Peekskill's involvement in liberation and call to mind themes of unity and love. Sun River Health shares in this joy, which binds our communities together - communities we have been honored to provide quality health care to for nearly 50 years - because excellent health care is part of what liberation means. 7pm. 1008 Brown St, Peekskill.

June 17

6th Annual Juneteenth Celebration. Outdoor community celebration, vendors, live music, food, children’s activities, community drumming, DJ, art, and more. Live music from Ms. Renee Bailey, Saints of Swing, 7he 7eam, Juma Sultan Aboriginal Society, Eric Persen Jazz Ensemble, and Maximilian Metexin Trio. 12pm. 157 Pine Street, Kingston. 845-853-8443.

Art Beats Life Foundation's Juneteenth Jambilee. A Celebration of COMMUNITY, CULTURE , and FREEDOM.  Live art installation, WHY JUNETEENTH IS IMPORTANT TO CELEBRATE IN AMERICA, history lesson from “We are L.I.T” (Leaders in Training ) Youth / Teen program. Poetry reading, Community Social impact awards, bounce houses, face painting , poetry and amazing musical acts. Musical lineup: The Base Camp band, 90’s R&B star Horace Brown (Taste your Love) , 90’s house music star Aly Us (Follow Me) , Hip Hop 50th performance from 90’s hip hop star Grand Puba & Lord Jamar from Brand Nubian. Local DJ’S on the set: Curt Kre Z (Hip Hop 50th Turntable Mix) , DJ King James , and TommyDidit. 1pm. 181-141 Carpenter Avenue, Newburgh.

Harambee's 6th Annual Juneteenth Celebration. Join us for a FREE outdoor community celebration featuring LIVE jazz music and DJ, special guests, a community drum circle, fun children activities, art exhibits, food and craft vendors, museum/garden tours, a ceremony honoring the Pine Street African Burial Ground, and more! All are welcome! 9am. Pine Street (between Franklin and Saint James St.), Kingston.

Juneteenth Family Story Time. Juneteenth marks the end of slavery in America when African-American slaves in Texas finally learned they were free.  Learn more about why and how it is celebrated. Bring the whole family for stories, red food, and crafts. 11am. 30 Oscawana Lake Rd, Putnam Valley.

The Resistance Revival Chorus Celebrates Juneteenth. The Resistance Revival Chorus (RRC) is a collective of more than 60 women and non-binary singers who join together to breathe joy and song into the resistance, and to uplift and center women’s voices. In celebration of Juneteenth, the collective will be performing a free concert, outdoors at Promenade Hill Park in Hudson.

June 18

Third Annual Juneteenth Showcase. Join New Era Creative Space in this special evening, to celebrate Juneteenth with art and music! 3pm. 1701 Main St, Peekskill.

June 19

Juneteenth Beacon Riverfront Festival. Celebrate Juneteenth at Beacon's 1st Annual Riverfront Juneteenth Festival presented by Beacon4BlackLives and Bosco & The Storm! There will be music, dancing, live performances, food, activities, vendors, and more! 11am. 2 Red Flynn Dr., Beacon. (845) 765-8440.

James Baldwin Abroad: A Program of 3 Films. This riveting program is comprised of three short documentaries – all recently restored – centered on the iconic writer, thinker, and activist James Baldwin. 7pm. 364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville.

Juneteenth Parade. Parade route begins on Broadway - 11:30am-1pm. Reception, activities, and refreshments at Ted Strobele Recreation Center (10 Jefferson St) 1:30-3pm. 19 Pleasant St, Monticello. (845) 794-6130.

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