Celebrate Juneteenth

What Is Juneteenth?

On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger and 2,000 Union troops marched into Galveston, Texas, to announce that all enslaved African American people were free.
According to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Juneteenth, as the day came to be known, “marks our country’s second independence day.”
In Texas, African Americans have celebrated Juneteenth since 1866. It became an official Texas holiday in 1979.
On Thursday, June 17, 2021, Juneteenth finally became a federal holiday, with President Joe Biden signing legislation designating June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day.

Juneteenth Children’s Fun Night

Friday, June 18th, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

This program will take place at Clinton Hayden Park, Nicholasville, KY 40356, at the corner of Chestnut and Jefferson Street.

Join us for a FREE evening of entertainment and education designed to introduce the whole family to Juneteenth, a celebration of freedom.

  • Performance by Stage One Family Theater
  • Live DJ & dance contest
  • Cake Walk
  • Free food, drinks & desserts
  • Games & activities for kids & teens
  • Giveaways – including new children’s books

Sponsored by Gospel Word Missionary Church, Jessamine County Public Library, Nicholasville Police Department, Jessamine County Judge Executive’s Office, and EyeWoo Productions.

For more information, visit our events calendar.

Learn More



The National Museum of African American History and Culture invites you to learn about the history of Juneteenth and discover ways to celebrate this holiday.

This article from Britannica Kids explains Juneteenth in an easy-to-understand format. Click the “Students” or “Scholars” tab for more detailed articles and images.
This New York Times article examines the renewed interest in celebrating Juneteenth.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. provides an in-depth history and analysis of the holiday on the PBS website.