Guide: Juneteenth events and celebrations throughout Long Island

Saturday, June 19 marks Juneteenth, which commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S. After the Emancipation Proclamation declared all slaves free in 1862, the news took time to travel. June 19, 1865, is the date when word of the proclamation reached enslaved African Americans in Texas.
Here are events around Long Island to mark the date.

June 19

Hempstead Juneteenth Celebration
Where: Denton Green | Village Hall
Time: 1 p.m.
Juneteenth Celebration
Where: Martin "Bucky" Reid Park, Westbury
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Juneteenth Community Cookout
Where: Kennedy Memorial Park, Hempstead
Time: 2 p.m.
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1st Annual Juneteenth Food Festival
Where: Cow Meadow Park, Freeport
Time: 3-10 p.m.
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June 19-20
AAECF Juneteenth Virtual Benefit Festival
Where: Virtual
Time: 10-5 p.m.
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Juneteenth: The Fire Next Time
Where: Virtual
Time: 11 a.m.
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Town of Brookhaven 2021 Juneteenth Celebration
Where: 205 Longwood Road, Ridge
Time: 11-3 p.m.
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