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Juneteenth Celebration

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 is our country’s second independence day and honors the end to slavery in the United States. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday.

From June 11th-June 20th, 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. It is a time for community and togetherness. Please join in the celebration by participating in the events listed below, click on each tab for event details by date.

Foothills Community Housing Fair | 11am-4pm

Juneteenth Celebration Opening Ceremony| 12:00 pm

Ridgeview Recreation Center| 115 7th Ave Sw, Hickory, NC 28602

As part of the Foothills Community Housing Fair, we hope you will join us to kickoff the Juneteenth Celebration with local comedian, Al Henry and speakers from local City and Town Council Members including Beverly Danner, David Williams, Cameron Ramsuer, Duane McCombs, and Brenda Powell.

Registration for exhibitors at the housing fair is currently live! Anyone interested in registering can visit: https://hickorynaacp.org/fair-exhibitor-landing to sign up online. Registration is divided into 2 categories: service providers like non-profits and government agencies, and industry professionals like businesses and for-profit organizations.


Family Juneteenth Celebration| 1pm

Conover Majestic Park|624 2nd St Dr SW, Conover, NC 28613

This outdoor gathering will include lots of family fun, horseshoes, bingo, DJ dance contest, bouncy house, Conover fire truck, Catawba County Library to Go and food trucks.


The Green Room:Ain’t Misbehavin’ | June 10th-12th and June 17-19th

The Green Room Community Theatre| 10 S Main Ave, Newton, NC 28658

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm / Sundays at 3:00pm

Get Tickets Here


Juneteenth at Hickory Museum of Art| June 11th-18th

Hickory Museum of Art|243 3rd Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601

Throughout the week of June 11th-18th, HMA will visit a variety of Juneteenth celebrations and create a collage inspired by the museum’s newest exhibition 7 BILLION ONES: A Randy Bacon Retrospective. The project will celebrate the stories of our local community members and seek to fulfill the museum’s mission of bringing people together and inspiring creativity through the power of art. The presentation of the collage will be held on June 19, 2022 from 1-4 pm at Hickory Museum of Art and remain on exhibit until June 26.

Visit hickoryart.org for more details.

Juneteenth Shout- Worship Revival| 3pm

McKenzie's Grove Campground|1984 Shiloh Rd. Claremont, NC 28610

Journey of Freedom Celebration| 4pm-6pm

Ridgeview Branch Library| 706 1st SW, Hickory, NC 28602

Drop in to commemorate Juneteenth by exploring the journey of freedom with crafts that will remind you of the journey in our rearview and the journey ahead!


True Justice Film Viewing and Discussion with the Community Remembrance Project| 5:30pm

Newton Main Library| 115 West C St, Newton, NC 28658

Chanda Platania/Catawba County Library and Gavin Gabriel/Community Remembrance Project partnering to host this event.

Juneteenth and the Heritage of Hope| 6pm

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library| 375 3rd St NE, Hickory, NC 28601

Meet Cynthia Villagomez, chair of the African American Heritage Committee for Winston-Salem and Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of History for the Department of History, Politics and Social Justice from Winston-Salem State University. Villagomez will give a presentation about the history of Juneteenth and then facilitate a discussion about finding, documenting, and communicating African American Heritage, specifically in the Hickory, NC area.

Juneteenth March Sign Making Program|6pm

Newton Main Library| 115 West C St, Newton, NC 28658

Come to the library to make your signs for the Juneteenth Freedom March to be held on Saturday, June 18th. The library will provide materials and samples for inspiration- bring your creativity!

Black History Discussion Group-Community Leader Awards| 6pm

Newton Main Library| 115 West C St, Newton, NC 28658

Join us in a discussion panel group with the receipients of the Community Leader Award.

2022 Juneteenth Adult Basketball Tournament| June 17th-19th

Newton Recreation Center & Central Rec. For more information and to register please visit www.newtonnc.gov or call us at 828.695.4317

Deadline for registration is Friday, June 10th!


Maiden Juneteenth Celebration| 6pm-8:30pm

Downtown Maiden

Bring your family and enjoy local food trucks, vendors and performersand activities for the kids!

Juneteenth Freedom March| 9am

Historic Museum| 30 N College Ave, Newton, NC 28658

The march will begin at the Historic Museum with a guest speaker then walk down A Street to the new court-house for a closing ceremony.


We Are Ridgeview| 2:30pm

Ridgeview Branch Library| 706 1st SW, Hickory, NC 28602

Generations of Ridgeview residents provide an oral history of Hickory’s historically black community.

Untouchables Documentary Showing| 2pm-4pm

Drendel Auditorium Salt Block| 243 3rd Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601

Join the players from the undefeated 1964 Ridgeview High School basketball team in the viewing of the ground breaking documentary highlighting the magical year when the Ridgeview High School Panthers delighted spectators, took the State of North Carolina and the hearts of their community. Despite segregation, Ridgeview’s games drew mixed crowds eager to see fireworks on both sides of the ball. Historian and documentarian Richard Eller brings us back to a time when the impossible occurred, when the Untouchables did the unthinkable and ended a perfect season unscored on.

Book Club Discussion:We Are Not Like Them | 6pm

Southwest Branch Library| 2944 S Hwy 127, Hickory, NC 28602

By Christine Pride and Jo Piazza

Told from alternating perspectives, an evocative and riveting novel about the lifelong bond between two women, one Black and one white, whose friendship is indelibly altered by a tragic event—a powerful and poignant exploration of race in America today and its devastating impact on ordinary lives.