Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans throughout the former Confederacy of the southern United States. This announcement came 2 1/2 years after The Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery.
On June 18, 2016, The HAAC held the first Juneteenth celebration in Haverstraw . The weekend started with the raising the African American flag at village hall, followed by a parade, music, food, performers, speakers and storytelling that focused on the contributions of African Americans from Haverstraw.
Juneteenth is an annual event that continues to grow.
The 2019 celebration will start on June 14, 2019 with the raising of the African American Flag at Village Hall followed by Dancing Under the Stars. The main celebration continues on June 15, 2019 at the Haverstraw African American Park.
Please contact us if you would like to participate as a performer or vendor at our next event.