Sponsored by The Juneteenth Committee of Malcolm Shabazz

31st Annual Juneteenth NYC Celebration

in Harlem, NY

See location on the map

Saturday June 15th, 2024

Parade starts at 11:00AM
Street Fair from 12:00pm to 6:00pm

It’s An Opportunity to Promote Your Business!

​Juneteenth 2024 is approaching, and we sincerely thank you for your past support of Juneteenth by applying as a vendor and providing booth space vending along 116th Street adn Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox Avenue).

A Brief History

About Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

Later attempts to explain this two-and-a-half-year delay in the receipt of this important news have yielded several versions that have been handed down through the years. Often told is the story of a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news of freedom.  Another is that the news was deliberately withheld by the enslavers to maintain the labor force on the plantations. And still another is that federal troops waited for the slave owners to reap the benefits of one last cotton harvest before going to Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. All or none of them could be true. For whatever the reason, conditions in Texas remained status quo well beyond what was statutory in modern times.

Throughout the 1980’s and 90’s, Juneteenth has enjoyed a growing and healthy interest from communities and organizations throughout the country. Institutions such as the Smithsonian, the Henry Ford Museum and others have begun sponsoring Juneteenth-centered activities.  In recent years, several National Juneteenth Organizations have risen to take their place alongside older organizations – all with the mission to promote and cultivate knowledge and appreciation of African American history and culture.

Juneteenth today celebrates African American freedom while encouraging self-development and respect for all cultures. As it takes on a more national and even global perspective, the events of 1865 in Texas are not forgotten, for all the roots tie back to this fertile soil from which a National Day of Pride is growing. The future of Juneteenth looks bright as an increasing number of cities and states come on board and now that it’s a Federal Holiday local committees and organizations need to maximize their efforts in promoting and educating the public about Juneteenth.

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Schedule

Parade

Saturday 11:00 AM

Street Fair

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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Vendors

Royal Vendors

116th Street between 116th Street & Malcolm X Blvd. (Lenox)

Donate

Juneteenth NYC is a self funded, community Improvement organization.

We are now accepting donations to help reach our financial goals for 2023-2024. Any and all donations are highly appreciated! Thank you!

Feel free to contact us:

(212) 662-2200/01

JuneteenthCelebrationNYC@gmail.com