Catawba County – Juneteenth (short for June Nineteenth) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to proclaim that all enslaved people were free. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is the country’s second Independence Day, officially becoming a federal holiday on June 17, 2021.

From May 19th – June 19th, Catawba County agencies and organizations will commemorate Juneteenth with celebrations, performances, parades, guest speakers, revival, resource fairs, informative programing, and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for empowerment and excellence, a time for community and togetherness.

Join the celebration by participating in the remaining Juneteenth events being held across Catawba County, including:

• June 15: City of Newton Juneteenth Music On Main featuring Chairmen of the Board at 6 pm in Downtown Newton

• June 16: Juneteenth Rhythm & Paint at 3 pm at Ridgeview Branch Library

• June 16: An Evening with Charles White at 7 pm at Drendel Auditorium

• June 17: City of Newton Juneteenth Freedom March at 10 am at Old Courthouse in Downtown Newton

• June 17: Juneteenth in Conover Park from 2 – 6 pm at Conover City Park

• June 17: We Are Ridgeview at 2:30 pm at Ridgeview Branch Library

• June 18: Juneteenth Revival at 4 pm at McKenzie Campground

• June 18: Miss Juneteenth Pageant at 6 pm at Drendel Auditorium

• June 19: Freedom Day Storytime from 11 am – 2 pm at Ridgeview Branch Library

For more information, and to see the full details of Juneteenth events, sponsors, and partnerships, please visit:

About: The Catawba County Juneteenth Committee is a group of dedicated volunteers from different municipalities, agencies, and programs across Catawba County working to ensure educational and joyful Juneteenth events for the community.