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Webpage banner for 2020 Cary Juneteenth celebration

As part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Cary has canceled events surrounding the 2020 Juneteenth celebration. For more information and the latest calendar updates, visit our COVID-19 Information page.

Background

Celebrated annually, Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas, that all previously enslaved people in the state were free. Although slaves had been formally freed almost two and a half years earlier and the American Civil War had come to an end earlier in the year, news and enforcement of the proclamation had been slow and inconsistent in remote areas of the still-growing United States. The date has since served as cause for celebration, remembrance, and traditions across the country.

Downtown Park Fountain

This year, in observance of Juneteenth, the fountain in Cary's Downtown Park will be lit in red, yellow, and green on the 19th to honor the heritage and meaning of the day.

These colors, in addition to black, all carry significant meaning on this day: red represents the noble blood that unites all people of African ancestry, the color black for the people, green for the rich land of Africa, and yellow which joins these colors on the traditional flag of Ethiopia, which has influenced the flags of many Pan-African organizations.

As we honor African American freedom and heritage, may we reflect on the continued racial injustices that still exist and, together, work diligently for equality among all people.

 

2019 Juneteenth Celebration

Check out the gallery below for photos from 2019's Juneteenth celebration in Cary.

  • Attendees in Civil War uniforms at 2019 Cary Juneteenth Celebration
    2019 Juneteenth Celebration in Cary

  • Band onstage at 2019 Cary Juneteenth Celebration
    2019 Juneteenth Celebration in Cary

  • Stage celebrations at 2019 Cary Juneteenth Celebration
    2019 Juneteenth Celebration in Cary

  • Musicians on stage at 2019 Cary Juneteenth Celebration
    2019 Juneteenth Celebration in Cary

  • Singers onstage at 2019 Cary Juneteenth Celebration
    2019 Juneteenth Celebration in Cary

  • A booth at 2019 Cary Juneteenth Celebration
    2019 Juneteenth Celebration in Cary

  • Singers performing at 2019 Cary Juneteenth Celebration
    2019 Juneteenth Celebration in Cary

Contact

Adam Bell
Festivals & Events Supervisor
(919) 462-3864
adam.bell@townofcary.org