The Town of East Hartford Invites You to Our First Juneteenth Family Celebration

The Town of East Hartford Invites You to Our First Juneteenth Family Celebration

East Hartford, CT – The Town of East Hartford in collaboration with East Hartford Parks and Recreation, the Committee on Culture and Fine Arts and the East Hartford Black Caucus invite you to attend the town’s first Juneteenth Celebration. Juneteenth, officially known as Juneteenth National Independence Day, is also known as Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Black Independence Day, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 18th from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, at the East Hartford Town Green, 1047 Main Street. Admission is FREE.

The observance of Juneteenth is about the journey and achievement of African Americans throughout the horrific period of sanctioned enslavement to where we are today. However, the stories of pain, pride, resilience, determination and hope that define our historical and spiritual blueprint are the catalyst for understanding that we can overcome negativity in spite of our differences to make our town a better place for all our children.

Everyone is welcome to attend this event as we pay tribute to our journey, remember our history and reflect on our independence. We pay homage to those who have paved the way for us today. We celebrate freedom.

The Juneteenth Fest is the perfect family-friendly, community event that offers fun activities for children and adults alike. Among many activities, there will be a variety of vendors, food, entertainment, bounce house, face painting, powerful storytelling and so much more. We are excited to welcome East Hartford-based artist Alvin Carter Jr., musician and well-known drummer and Grace Wright, dancer storyteller and costume designer Tammy Denease, storyteller and historian, Iddi Saaka, West African dancer who are special guests at this event.

If you are a vendor interested in participating in the event, please fill out the following forms or call Parks and Recreation at 860-291-7160 for assistance:

In case of inclement weather, the event will be Sunday, June 19th from 11:00 am -3:00 pm.

For more information, please call Parks and Recreation at 860-291-7160 or visit