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Every year, communities across the nation gather to commemorate 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 will be the first one in Syracuse since Juneteenth became acknowledged as a State—and subsequently Federal—holiday, and we have plans to make it especially memorable for that reason. Below is our schedule of events.


2022 Promo Video, Courtesy of DJ Zu


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