Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Jun Jun, and Liberation Day, is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. In 2021, it is being recognized as an official New York State holiday.

ArtsWestchester, the Westchester African American Advisory Board, White Plains Juneteenth Heritage Inc. and the Juneteenth Committees of Mt. Vernon, Peekskill, Yonkers and Irvington have partnered up to celebrate Juneteenth Countywide.

County Executive George Latimer said: “Juneteenth is a day to celebrate freedom. Freedom from oppression, freedom to be thrive, freedom to just be free. We recognize this freedom has too easily been denied for too long. Take this day to educate yourself about its true meaning and join us Countywide to celebrate that true, powerful meaning.”

ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam said: “We are particularly proud to have collaborated with so many of the tradition keepers of Juneteenth’s call to remember – Westchester’s many African American organizations and Juneteenth committees - in order to create a comprehensive calendar of Juneteenth events in Westchester.”

Below are a list of celebrations in the month-long series of Juneteenth activities in Westchester County:



Mount Vernon

New Rochelle




White Plains 


Virtual Events:

Watch the recording of ArtsWestchester’s Official Countywide Juneteenth Virtual Kick Off.

Online calendar of Juneteenth events

Other Westchester arts events