Juneteenth celebration June 16

The 66th annual Juneteenth celebration in Georgetown is Saturday, June 16, at the Georgetown Community Center at 445 E. Morrow St. in San Gabriel Park. The Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association hosts the annual public event which is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Juneteenth event schedule

The event starts at 11 a.m. with a special program until 12:30 p.m.

The event also includes jewelry and specialty items vendors, food vendors, college readiness information, representatives from area nonprofits, a DJ, music from “The Groovers,” and games for youth and adults.

Juneteenth history

Juneteenth marks the day on June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers landed at Galveston and reported that the Civil War was over and slavery had ended. The Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves had been in effect since January 1, 1863, but word did not reach Texas for more than two years. Juneteenth was declared an official state holiday in Texas in 1980.

Contact information

For more information, please contact Paulette Taylor, president of GCCMA, at (512) 863-2109.

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