Juneteenth: An African-American celebration of freedom and culture (36870)
Get ready for Juneteenth 2011 (39762)

Festivities will be held nationally and internationally over the next few days to celebrate Juneteenth, a commemoration of June 19th 1865, when soldiers arrived in Texas with news that the Civil War was over and the enslaved were now free.

Harlem will kick-off its annual Juneteenth celebration a few days early this year on Saturday, June 15th. The 20th annual Juneteenth-King Fest parade will begin at 11:30 a.m at 116th street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Malcolm X Boulevard. The street fair will begin shortly thereafter at noon at 116th street between Malcolm X Boulevard and Fifth Avenue.

Last year, the street fair had family-friendly, cultural and educational activities to help commemorate the historic day.

“It’s important, as far as history is concerned, to know what our ancestors went through,” Akbar Davis, the coordinator of the event, told the AmNews last year.