Juneteenth

Commemorating the end of slavery, Juneteenth originates in 1865 when, on June 19th, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas on that date to share the news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

Juneteenth celebrates the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation reaching the westernmost Confederate state of Texas. The Proclamation went into effect in 1863, but this news was purposefully withheld from enslaved people until the arrival of Union troops in Galveston Bay, Texas on June 19, 1865. Juneteenth marks our country’s second independence day.

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Juneteenth Celebration: June 18 at Dorey Park

Juneteenth Celebration: June 18 at Dorey Park

Juneteenth celebrates enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation reaching the westernmost Confederate state of Texas. The Proclamation went into effect in 1863, but this news was purposefully withheld from enslaved people until the arrival of Union troops in Galveston Bay, Texas on June 19, 1865. Juneteenth marks our country’s second independence day.

Learn more about Juneteenth’s history and traditions.


Juneteenth Neighborhood Block Parties

Wed, June 1, 6-8pm at Highland Springs Rec Area

Wed, June 8, 6-8pm at Pemberton ES


Juneteenth Celebration

On Saturday, June 18, join Henrico Recreation & Parks at Dorey Park for a vendor fair, kids zone, food trucks, and entertainment, including fireworks! FREE and open to the public! No registration needed.

Event Timeline

4-8pm – Vendor Fair & Kids Zone

4-9:30pm – Entertainment & Food Trucks

9:15pm – Fireworks

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