Juneteenth 2023

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day and Liberation Day, is the oldest known celebration that commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. Join us as we come together to celebrate this historic and momentous occasion and kick off a month-long series of Juneteenth activities around Westchester and Rockland Counties.

Westchester & Rockland Juneteenth Kick-Off Event

June 1 | 6pm-8pm | FREE
Bedford Hills Community House | 74 Main Street | Bedford HIlls

Join us as we come together to kick off Juneteenth celebrations across Westchester and Rockland Counties! This year’s kick-off program will feature a keynote lecture by scholar-activist Professor James Small, presentations by Black Westchester founders Damon K. Jones and AJ Woodson, music and dance performances by regional artists, including Grammy Award-winning cellist Akua Dixon, educational workshops for youth, food, and more!

Damon K. Jones
AJ Woodson
Akua Dixon
Professor James Small

This program is made possible with support from

Organized by the Westchester & Rockland Countywide Juneteenth Coalition with support from Westchester County Government, in concert with Antioch Baptist Church (Bedford Hills) and the Westchester County African American Advisory Board.

Coming from Southern Westchester by train:  Take Metro North Harlem Line Northbound Southeast train to Bedford Hills station. From the Bedford Hills Station, the Community House is a .3 mile (5 min) walk. When exiting the station, turn right on Adams St. Walk 350 ft. and turn left on Main St. Walk .1 mile and turn left on Church St. Walk 200 ft. and Bedford Hill Community House will be on your left.


Juneteenth Celebration

June 17 | 2pm-5pm
Pascone Park
638 Ashford Ave

Presented by The Village of Ardsley Multicultural, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Come enjoy Ardsley’s Juneteenth celebration with dancing, singing, a historical educational presentation, food truck, ice cream and arts and crafts. 

More info: ardsleyvillage.com


Antioch Church 2023 Juneteenth Celebration

June 4 | 5pm-7pm
Antioch Baptist Church | 3 Church Street
reception across the street at the Bedford Hills Community House

Presented by Antioch Baptist Church

Antioch Church will host a joyous Jazz Vespers service as a means to connect with the community to celebrate Juneteenth. With help from Andromeda Turre, who has organized the prior two Juneteenth celebrations in the Town of Bedford, the evening will present master bassist Richie Goods and his band as well as highlight Juneteenth history, inspirational readings, art and a homily on music as soul food. Following the vespers service, attendees will be invited across the street to the Bedford Hills Community House for a culinary arts presentation from Chef Crysta Jones. She will share samplings of food inspired by The Antioch Church Cookbook which contains family recipes of former and present Antioch members. Food trucks will also be available along with arts and crafts for youth attendees.

This event is taking place in conjunction with Westchester & Rockland Juneteenth Kick-Off Celebration at the Bedford Hills Community House from 6-8pm.

More info: https://the antiochchurch.net


Haverstraw 8th Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Presented by Haverstraw African American Connection
More Info: thehaac.com

June 16| 5:30pm
Flag Raising and Dancing Under the Stars at Village Hall
40 New Main Street

June 17 | 3pm
Juneteenth Festival
Haverstraw African American Memorial Park
41 Clinton Street

June 18 | 1pm
Gospel in the Park
Haverstraw African American Memorial Park
41 Clinton Street


The Road to Irvington’s 4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration
presented by Irvington Public Library

June 1 | 7pm-8:30pm
Irvington Public Library, 12 S. Astor Street

How to Talk About Our Hard History, The Road to Irvington’s 4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration. A professionally moderated community workshop that is designed to explore the history of slavery in Irvington, the content and context of Vinnie Bagwell’s sculpture, “Yesterday”., and frameworks for talking about race and history with our children. 

contact: irvcommemorationproject

June 10 | 11am-12pm
Madame C.J. Walker Plaza, 85 Main Street

An Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony for “Yesterday”, a sculpture by renowned artist, Vinnie Bagwell to commemorate the enslaved Africans who lived in what is now Irvington.

Contact: irvcommemorationproject@gmail.com

June 19 | 1pm-3pm
Scenic Hudson Park, 29 Bridge St,

A picnic celebration of Black music with musical performance by VYBE4.

Bring your own picnic (no glass bottles) and come enjoy the music. Red velet cupcakes and pink lemonade will be on sale with proceeds going to support the work of Commemorate.


Lewisboro Juneteenth Celebration
June 17 | 12pm-5:00pm
Lewisboro Town Park, 1079 Route 35, South Salem

Presented by The Town of Lewisboro and Equality for All Lewisboro

Come celebrate and learn about Juneteenth with live music, family activities with the Katonah Museum of Art, interactive West African drum and dance workshop, crafts, Black History Bingo, 80 foot timeline from 1619 to the present, Double Dutch, free food, Black owned businesses and a dance party with a DJ.

More Info: https://bit.ly/3NiwKUi


Juneteenth: The Promises of Freedom
June 17 | 12pm-6pm
Columbus Park | Van Ranst Place

Presented by The 2023 Juneteenth planning committee, in partnership with the Village of Mamaroneck and OneMamaroneck, Inc.

Join the Village of Mamaroneck for a festive celebration of our Black and African American community, with music, food, poetry, vendors and culture, a repainting of the BLM street mural, and the annual basketball tournament!

More Info: onemamaroneck.org


“Mount Kisco’s 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration” 
June 10 | 12pm-5pm 
104 East Main Street Mount Kisco

Presented by Aaliyah Thompson

This event is for people of all ages and races to be able to have dun, educate, and create more diversity with love in the town we live in with a positive outcome.

Contact: Aaliyahthompson48@yahoo.com


Juneteenth Celebration
June 10 | 10am-6pm
Brush Park | 555 South Third Avenue

Presented by the Mount Vernon Department of Recreation Yusuf Shah Islamic Center

Recognizing the end of slavery as well as celebrating American culture and achievements.

More info: www.recreation.cmvny.com


TLPC’s Juneteenth Celebration 2023 – History Out Loud!
June 1-30 | Times vary.

Various Venues Around the City of New Rochelle.  Including:  New Rochelle City Hall Campus, New Rochelle Public Library, NRPL Lumen winter Gallery, NRPL Ossie Davis Theater, Thomas Paine Cottage Campus, Generations Church, New Rochelle United Methodist Church, Lincoln Park, and a trolley tour of New Rochelle’s Black Neighborhoods.

TLPC’s Juneteenth Celebration 2023 – History Out Loud! is a partnership with the City of New Rochelle.  This is the 3rd Annual Juneteenth Celebration hosted by TLPC and the City of New Rochelle.  Events include: jazz concert, spoken word, African dance, historic trolley tour, kids games, exhibits, lectures, film screenings, gospel concert, drum line performance, African marketplace, food vendors and more.  Juneteenth is citywide event with 10 participating community organizations and institutions and begins June 1st and ends June 30th.  Attaching photos of some of the talent that has been confirmed:  Jazz Historian & Radio Host Sharif Abdul Salaam, Shunzo Ohno, Ray Blue, Santiago Moyana & Orchestra, Bokandeye African American Dance Theater, and the New York Trolley!

More infowww.facebook.com/TLPCJuneteenthCelebration

Celebrating Juneteenth: “History Out Loud with Color” Art Workshop June 8 | 4pm-6pm 
New Rochelle Public Library, 1 Library Plaza

Presented by: New Rochelle Public Library

Be inspired by the sights and sounds of jubilation as you create a paper collage in celebration of Juneteenth. Participants’ work will be photographed and included in a digital quilt, reminiscent of the beautiful story quilts African American women created to record ancestral history and family memories. These quilts were also often embedded with codes to lead others to freedom along the Underground Railroad. Drop in. All ages.

More info: newrochelle.librarycalendar.com/events/month/2023/06

Juneteenth “Jump the Broom”
On View: June 10 – 30 | Call 914.235.7773 for Gallery Hours
Reception June 15 | 5:00 – 7:00 pm

June 19 | Family Frienldy Event
Free Mini-Broom Making Workshops
Session: 1 | 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Session: 2 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Children must be accompanied and monitored by parent or guardian at all times.

Poet’s Corner, 570 Main Street, New Rochelle

Presented by: Jan Smith Castronuovo | Heart Within the Arts, LLC.

An Afrocentric Art Exhibition of hand-crafted wedding brooms blending Asian & West African palm brooms, decorated with mudcloth from Mali, cowie shells & twine from Cameroon, and florals uniquely designed by New Rochelle artist Jan Smith Castronovo.

This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant Program, a regrant of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administers by ArtsWestchester.

Celebrating Juneteenth: “Songcatchers Raise Their Voices in Celebration
June 10 | 5:30pm-6:30pm 
Grounds of the Thomas Paine Cottage
20 Sicard Avenue

Part of a full afternoon of celebration. More information is available at thomaspainecottage.org/juneteenth2023.html

Presented by: Songcatchers and the Hugenot & New Rochelle Historical Association

Celebrating Juneteenth: Celebrating Juneteenth: African Drumming Workshop and Performance
June 15 | 4:30pm-5:30pm 
New Rochelle Public Library, 1 Library Plaza

Authentic African rhythms and culture will be brought to life in a multigenerational African Drumming workshop, led by Master Drummer, Kazi Oliver. Following the workshop, enjoy an inspiring concert featuring Kazi and his band. 

Kazi Oliver has been teaching and performing for over 54 years. Professionally, he has performed in many places including the famed jazz venue, the Village Vanguard, the Museum of Modern Art, and on ABC-TV’s “The View.”

Celebrating Juneteenth: Jazz Concert featuring Global Jazz Community All-Star Women Band
June 17 | 5pm
New Rochelle Public Library, 1 Library Plaza

This all female ensemble, featuring Camille Gainer, Mimi Jones, Clarissa Sinceno and Dinah Vero, will perform selections by Billy Taylor, Bobby Timmons and others.


all events are presented by Ossining Juneteenth Council
More info: juneteenthcouncil.org

Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony
June 2 | 6pm
Market Square | Main & Spring Streets

Juneteenth Family Day
June 3 | 1pm-5pm
Location to be announced

Join us for an afternoon of fun, games, and culture.

Juneteenth Church Service
June 18 | 10am
Louis Engel Waterfront Park

Join us for a waterfront Juneteenth Church Service 

4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration
June 18 | 12pm
Louis Engel Waterfront Park

Join us for an afternoon of culture, history, fellowship and more!

“The Telling: A Gathering of Remembrance”
June 19 | 12pm
Star of Bethlehem Church, 304 Spring Street

An annual City-wide event in Montgomery, Alabama. Inspired by a Jewish Passover experience, local resident A.W. Hampton felt the desire to bring a condensed, unified history to African Americans and become active participants in telling their story and bring you
into the triumph of today.


Presented by City of Peekskill Youth Bureau and Juneteenth Committee More Info: https://www.cityofpeekskill.com/youth-bureau

Peekskill Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony
June 15 | 6pm
City Hall, 840 Main Street

Because of Juneteenth
June 16 | 7-9pm | Doors open at 6:30pm
Show beings promptly at 7pm
The Paramount Theater | 1008 Brown Street

Presented by Sun River Health

Join us for a joyous Juneteenth celebration as we welcome some incredible musical performers to the stage. The evening will highlight Peekskill’s involvement in liberation and call to mind themes of unity and love. Sun River Health shares in this joy, which binds our communities together – communities we have been honored to provide quality health care to for nearly 50 years – because excellent health care is part of what liberation means.

Musical performances by: Acute Inflections, Peekskill Community Choir, and Gotham Kings.

Admission is free and open to all.

To reserve your free tickets please visit the box office, call (914) 739-0039 ext. 2, or email boxoffice@paramounthudsonvalley.com

12th Annual Juneteenth Freedom Day
June 17 | 1:30pm-7:30pm
A.M.E. Zion Church, 1220 Park Street

12th Annual Juneteenth Freedom Day
June 17 | 1:30pm-7:30pm
A.M.E. Zion Church, 1220 Park Street

Presented by Peekskill Youth Bureau’s Juneteenth Committee

Parade Kickoff at 12pm – Park Street A.M.E. Zion Church, 1220 Park Street
Parade Route – Park Street – Brown Street to Downton Park Street to N. Division Street
Festival Starts at 1:30pm – Downtown Park Street & N. Division Street


Juneteenth in the Village of Pelham
June 17 | 2pm-7pm
Wolfs Lane Park

Presented by The Village of Pelham

Please join us for our 3rd Annual celebration and exploration of Juneteenth, a free event for all ages to enjoy a fun-filled, educational, and inspirational experience of live interactive art, drumline performance, theatrical acting, African drumming, spoken word, insightful guest speakers, live DJ, and food vendors!

More Info: https://facebook.com/VOPCA10803


Juneteenth Celebration

June 19 | 5:30pm
Bush Lyon Homestead, 479 King Street

Presented by Port Chester Historical Society

Come celebrate and learn!  

More Info: pcnyhistory.com


Juneteenth Alvin Alley’s Revelations Community Dance Workshop

June 17 | 3pm-4:30pm
Pierson Park, 238 W Main Street

Presented by Village of Tarrytown

Alvin Ailey’s “Revelations” is the world’s most widely-seen work of modern dance. Learn excerpts from this masterpiece conducted by former Ailey company members Renee Robinson and Amos Machanic, with live music by an Ailey percussionist and selected props. Join your friends and family – all ages are welcome! Dance for a moment, remember it for a lifetime.

Image Credit: Amos Machanic and Renee Robinson leading AIEs Revelations Workshop at Little Island AMNY 2022. Photo by Rob DeMartin


2023 Juneteenth Celebration
Tuckahoe Poetry and Creative Writing Contest
June 17 | 12pm-6pm
Main Street Park, 1-25 Marbledale Avenue

Presented by Tuckahoe Juneteenth Committee

Write a short poem or story about yourself, your community or problems you want to fix in the world. Submit your work to us and we will select 3 submissions to perform at our upcoming Juneteenth event and win a gift card. 

Best contact information email: tuckahoejuneteenth22@gmail.com

Alternate location if it rains | Tuckahoe Community Center, 71 Columbus Avenue

More Info: pcnyhistory.com


White Plains Juneteenth Parade and Festival
June 10 | 11am
Downtown White Plains

Presented by White Plains Juneteenth Heritage Committee

This 19th Annual community event features a parade and festival in downtown White Plains, including food, arts & craft vendors and entertainment for the whole family. Our 2023 Parade Grand Marshal is Rev. Dr. Erwin L. Trollinger, Jr. of Calvary Baptist Church and Special Honorees: Community Icon Charles Mebane, Sr. and Community Legacy Educators the Evans Sisters (Laura Havis, Jacquelyn Roberts and Cynthia Evans). 

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/White-Plains-Juneteenth-Heritage-Inc-101661968658520

White Plains Public Library
June 12 – June 28 | Various Times

100 Martine Avenue

Presented by White Plains Public Library

  • Staring June 12 | Juneteenth Grab & Go Kits for grades K-3
  • June 25 | 2pm | Dance and Drumming Performance with Amanda and the Mfoumbila for Children & Families
  • June 28 | 6:30pm | Afro-beats Dance Workshop for Teens & Adults

Full details here: https://whiteplainslibrary.org/2023/05/junteenth-activities