Juneteenth: A celebration of freedom

LAKE PLACID – Juneteenth, a celebration of freedom, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the John Brown State Historic Site.

In its third year, the event celebrates the end of slavery and freedom for all Americans. The first Juneteenth was June 19, 1865, celebrated by African Americans liberated by the Union Army in Galveston Texas. There will be African drumming and dance by the Somabeats Dance Tribe, a special performance by the Plattsburgh State Gospel Choir, mask making and story telling for the kids, as well as a barbecue and ice cream.

The event is free and open to the public, rain or shine, but those attending are asked to dress for the weather.

A $3 donation is suggested to help offset the event expenses of the barbecue.

For more information, call 518-523-3900.

This event is co-sponsored by the New York State Office of Parks, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and the Natural Heritage Trust.