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Juneteenth commemorates the day of emancipation from slavery in Texas—the last of all the states to abolish slavery—and that day is June 19th, 1865. The Syracuse Juneteenth Festival acknowledges the role that many people in the Central New York area had in achieving and maintaining freedom, equality, and opportunity for African Americans—from the days of Abolitionism to present time. This is an inclusive event, transcending racial and ethnic boundaries.

Our 2022 festival was first one in Syracuse since Juneteenth became acknowledged as a State—and subsequently Federal—holiday. The Syracuse Juneteenth Board of Directors thanks everyone who attended the festival, as well as all who helped us make it possible. Planning for the 2023 festival has commenced. Our festival will be returning to Clinton Square. Our Save-the-Date is below.



© Syracuse Juneteenth 2022