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.
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.
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