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.

Beginning mid May-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. 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.

Lets Talk About It: Juneteenth| 6pm-7pm

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

Lets Talk About It: Juneteenth| 6pm-7pm

6pm-Newton Main Library| 115 West C St, Newton, NC 28658

Lets Talk About It: Juneteenth| 6pm-7pm

6pm-Conover Public Library| 403 Conover Station Southeast, Conover, NC 28613

Lets Talk About It: Juneteenth| 6pm-7pm

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

Juneteenth Opening Night| 6pm-8pm

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

Town of Catawba Juneteenth Celebration In the Park| 2pm-6pm

David Hunsucker Park| 3rd Avenue NE, Catawba, NC 28609

Family Fun filled day of food, games and music!

Juneteenth in Conover Park| 5pm-9pm

Conover City Park| 361 5th Ave Se, Conover, NC 28613

Family Fun filled day of food, games, Catawba County Library to Go and music!

Juneteenth Festival| 6pm-9pm

Samuel Davis Multipurpose Field| 730 3rd St SW, Hickory, NC 28602

Live music, Food trucks, Grills for free food, fish, and a 360 Degree Digital Photo Booth

Juneteenth Revival| 4pm

McKenzie Campground| 1984 Shiloh Rd, Claremont, NC 28610

County-wide faith based Juneteenth revival.

Juneteenth March Sign Making Program| 6pm

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

City of Newton Juneteenth Music On Main| 6pm

Downtown Newton| 30 N College Ave, Newton, NC 28658

City of Newton will host the Award winning band Chairmen of the Board.

Town of Maiden Juneteenth Celebration|5pm-9pm

Downtown Maiden

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

City of Newton Juneteenth Freedom March| 10am

Newton Downtown Courthouse| 30 N College Ave, Newton, NC 28658

March begins in front of the Newton Downtown Courthouse


Juneteenth Praise and Worship Celebration| 3pm-5pm

Brown Penn Recreation Center|735 3rd St. SW, Hickory, NC 28602

Praise and Worship service hosted by the Greater Hickory Ministerial Alliance. The keynote speaker will be Rev. Diane Conley and the Hickory Community Choir will bring their ministry of music to the celebration. After the program a covered dish dinner will be provided by our member churches. All are welcome to join us!

Freedom Day Storytime| 11am-2pm

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