Syracuse Juneteenth 2015: The 150th Anniversary Celebration of Freedom, Realized

As Syracuse’s 150th Anniversary Celebration of Juneteenth approaches on June 13th, we stand on the shoulders of our ancestors, reaching for new heights of freedom – and equality. The entire community is invited to Juneteenth in Clinton Square on Saturday, June 13th as we commemorate, celebrate, and innovate.

It’s a free, family friendly day of reflection and inspiration. You’ll enjoy a kids zone, an educational area, food court, panel discussions, live entertainment and access to the Dr. Henry A. Washington health pavilion.

Juneteenth…Then and Now

150 years ago, on June 19th 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to read the Emancipation Proclamation letting slaves know they were finally free. A celebration began as jubilation spread throughout the slave quarters. Every year since then, communities across our nation have celebrated Juneteenth.