The 12th Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Washington Park, Albany, NY

Sunday, June 12 from 1pm - 6pm

Music, entertainment, educational information, food & beverages, giveaways and more! Fun for the whole family!

Washington Park will be the center of a community event focused on looking back, reflecting and celebrating the future. The Juneteenth Celebration features a wide variety of family friendly entertainment, educational opportunities and food and beverages for sale.

Vendors are still needed for the event; Download the vendor application here.

Looking to sponsor Juneteenth?  Download the sponsor request form here.


What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is considered the date when the last slaves in America were freed. Although the rumors of freedom were widespread prior to this, actual emancipation did not come until General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas and issued General Order No. 3 on June 19, almost two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.


Juneteenth has come to symbolize the end of slavery, and for many African-Americans, it has come to mean what Fourth of July means for all Americans - freedom. It serves as a historical milestone reminding Americans of the triumph of the human spirit over the cruelty of slavery. It honors those African-American ancestors who survived the institution of bondage as well as demonstrating pride in the marvelous legacy of resilience and perseverance they left us.

 Juneteenth 2016 is presented free and open to the public by the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region in partnership with the City of Albany.

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NO alcoholic beverages, glass containers of any kind, animals or pets*. Security personnel reserve the right to inspect any bag, container or package and confiscate any prohibited or illegal items; Any type of recording of the performance or presentation is prohibited without prior written consent; All attendees should be prepared to present age identification at any time if they intend to consume alcohol. (*Excludes ADA-defined service animals.) Ground rules are subject to change without notice; Exceptions made for medical or child care reasons may be addressed individually.



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The City of Albany, NY Office of Cultural Affairs plans, produces and co-sponsors an array of fairs, festivals, and concerts promoting art, entertainment and cultural interest for all ages. These special events are 100% underwritten by generous local and national sponsors.



City of Albany Office of Cultural Affairs
City Hall - Room M252
Albany, NY 12207
P: (518) 434.2032

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