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Here's a list of Juneteenth celebrations in CT. Find out what's happening in your town

East Hartford held its first Juneteenth celebration on the town green in East Hartford, Connecticut June 18, 2022.
Joe Amon
Connecticut Public
East Hartford held its first Juneteenth celebration on the town green in East Hartford, Connecticut June 18, 2022.

Juneteenth was formally recognized as an official federal holiday in 2021. Connecticut established Juneteenth as a state holiday last year, but 2023 is the first year of its legal recognition.

Juneteenth celebrates June 19, 1865: the day that enslaved people in Galveston, Texas learned of the Emancipation Proclamation more than two years after it was issued.

This year, June 19 falls on a Monday. However, there are many celebrations outside of the three-day weekend.

Here is a list of upcoming events honoring Juneteenth in Connecticut.


Saturday, June 17

234 Kensington Road, Berlin, Connecticut


The Berlin-Peck Memorial Library will host their second Juneteenth Celebration organized by the Berlin Equity Action Team (B.E.A.T). The event will run from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and include food, live music, book displays, speakers and presentations.


Saturday, June 10

In The City Lounge, 196 Fairfield Avenue, Downtown Bridgeport, Connecticut


The Theta Tau Omega chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority will host Black and Denim (A Juneteenth Celebration of Black Excellence) from 4-9 p.m. The event will feature music by DJ Don Juan. Tickets can be found on the event website and are mandatory for entrance.


Saturday, June 17

WCSU Midtown Campus, 181 White St, Danbury, Connecticut


Danbury’s Juneteenth Day of Freedom Celebration will be held at the Western Connecticut State University Midtown Campus from noon to 5 p.m. The celebration will have all day music by DJ Frank Stewart and MSM, vendors, live performances, food trucks, art exhibits, children’s activities and more.


Friday, June 23

Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Rd, Farmington, Connecticut


The Hill-Stead Museum will host Juneteenth festivities on their grounds from 4:30-8 p.m. Performers will include Subira Vs. Movement, the Tom Cook Chorus and Khaiim the RapOet. Pre-registration for this event is required, but the event is free.


Saturday, June 17 (Rain Date: Sunday, June 18)

Salmon Brook Park, 215 Salmon Brook Street Granby, Connecticut


Granby Celebrates Juneteenth, which will be hosted by Granby Racial Reconciliation, is set to take place this year at Salmon Brook Park from 3-9:30 p.m. The event will include a basketball tournament, a performance by the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts jazz band and choir, vendors and more.


Tuesday, June 20

Town of Groton, 45 Fort Hill Rd, Groton, Connecticut


Town of Groton staff and officials will honor Juneteenth at the Town Hall at 3:30 p.m.


Saturday, June 17

The Lab at ConnCORP, 496 Newhall Street, Hamden, Connecticut


The Lab at ConnCORP will host its annual Juneteenth Celebration from noon to 4 p.m. Registration is available on their website.

Saturday, June 17

Miller Memorial Library, 2901 Dixwell Ave, Hamden, Connecticut

Town Center Park, 2761 Dixwell Ave, Hamden, Connecticut


The unveiling of Hamden’s MLK39 Racial Equity Mural will take place in front of the Miller Memorial Library from 12-12:45 p.m. Following the mural unveiling, the gathering will shift to Town Center Park from 1-4 p.m. for a Juneteenth celebration. This part of the event will include remarks, musical performances and more.


Sunday, June 18

Black Lives Matter Mural, Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut

The City of Hartford's third annual Juneteenth Celebration will take place from 1-5 p.m. at the recently repainted Black Lives Matter mural. The event will have various artist performances, interactive art installations and feature local vendors.


Saturday, June 17

Leisure Labs at Mahoney, 110 Cedar Street


The Town of Manchester’s Department of Leisure, Family and Recreation will hold their annual Juneteenth Commemoration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will include Black-owned business vendors, musical and spoken word poetry performances, family activities and more.


Monday, June 19

Harbor Park, 80 Harbor Drive, Middletown, Connecticut


Middletown’s Juneteenth Liberation Festival will take place at Harbor Park from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Artist and storyteller Andre Keitt will lead a show for children on African American history.

New Canaan

Monday, June 19

New Canaan Historical Society, 13 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, Connecticut


Stand Together Against Racism (S.T.A.R.) will hold their Juneteenth Community Celebration, “Hearts of Freedom,” at the New Canaan Museum and Historical Society Lawn from 1-5 p.m. Free registration for this event is required.

New Haven

Friday, June 16

Highville Charter School, 1 Science Park, New Haven, Connecticut


A Juneteenth wine tasting will take place from 6-10 p.m. The night will include wine sampling, food, live music and a local comedian. All proceeds from the event will go to Anti-Racism in Action, Inc. (ARIA). Tickets are available for purchase and required for entry.

New London

Friday, June 9

Hempsted Houses, 11 Hempstead Street, New London, Connecticut


Hempsted Houses will host a campfire discussion dedicated to Juneteenth from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The community-based conversation will cover both current and historic struggles as well as Joseph McGill’s work with the Slave Dwelling Project.


Saturday, June 17

66 Franklin Street, Norwich, Connecticut


The NAACP Norwich branch will hold a Juneteenth cocktail party at Foundry 66 from 6:30- 9:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online and are required for entry.


Saturday, June 17

Quarry Walk in Oxford, 300 Oxford Road, Oxford, Connecticut


The Oxford/Seymour Juneteenth Celebration will take place from 2-4 p.m. The event will conclude with a live performance in tribute to Billie Holiday from the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra and Broadway vocalist Rosena Hill Jackson.


Sunday, June 25

Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield, Connecticut

Ridgefield Playhouse and Discovering Amistad will hold a screening of Steven Speilberg’s Amistad at noon. The event will begin with food and a performance by traditional djembe drummers and dancers, followed by the film screening, and conclude with a panel discussion.


Saturday, June 17

Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, 22 Iron Horse Boulevard, Simsbury, Connecticut


A Juneteenth celebration will be hosted by the towns of Simsbury, Avon, Canton and Farmington from noon to 4 p.m. Guests can expect performances from artists Nekita Waller and Damian Curtis Afro Cuban Jazz Project.


Sunday, June 18

Roller Magic, 60 Harvester Road, Waterbury, Connecticut


Waterbury’s first Juneteenth skate party will take place at the Roller Magic skating rink from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase online.

West Hartford

Sunday, June 11

Warehouse 635, 635 New Park Ave #2f, West Hartford, Connecticut


Warehouse 635 will host a Juneteenth-inspired vendor popup from 1-5 p.m. Tickets for this event are available for free online.

West Haven

Saturday, June 17

Brent Watt Park, 24 Tile Street, West Haven, Connecticut


The city of West Haven will celebrate Juneteenth in Brent Watt Park on June 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free tickets for this event can be found online.

Saturday, June 17

West River Hall, 37 Orlando Street, West Haven, Connecticut


A joint Juneteenth and Father’s Day comedy show will take place from 7-11 p.m. at West River Hall. Tickets must be purchased online for entry. “Bring your own food and drink.”


Sunday, June 18

Winsted Soldiers' Monument, Crown Street, Winsted, Connecticut (Rain Location: Whiting Mills, Holabird Avenue)

Juneteenth Freedom Day celebration will be held at the Winsted Soldiers’ Monument at 3 p.m. The event will feature African drumming and storytelling by Angaza and Effie Mwando

Kelsey Goldbach is a Digital Media Intern with Connecticut Public.

She is a fourth year student pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism at the University of Southern California. Recently, Kelsey was a part of the Dow Jones News Fund Digital Intern Class of 2023. She is a Connecticut native and spends her summers in Waterbury.

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