Juneteenth Freedom Festival

June 19, 2021 @ 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden will hold the Inaugural Juneteenth Freedom Festival.  This will be a historic event where over 50 Staten Island based organizations will come together to celebrate Juneteenth.


This event is rain or shine.

Also known as Freedom Day, Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when the news of liberation came to Texas more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.  African Americans across the state were made aware of their right to freedom on this day when Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston with federal troops to read General Order No. 3, announcing the end of the Civil War and the freedom of all enslaved. Celebrating Juneteenth is celebrating America’s constant pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness.  The Juneteenth Freedom Festival is for every Staten Islander. Rossville is home to the Sandy Ground community, the oldest continuously inhabited free black settlement in the United States.

This event is free.  Programming includes areas focused on Health and Environment. Economy and Entrepreneurship, Arts Performances and Art Making. Children and Family, Youth and Teens, History & Community.  Sign up for the area which interests you most so you can receive the performance and workshop schedule for those areas.  Come to enjoy community, local food, and local market vendors, too.

View the Juneteenth Changemakers who contributed to the resilience of our nation’s food system here

Juneteenth Freedom Festival: History & Community

– historical reenactments of the reading of General Order No.3 and the Emancipation Proclamation

– presentation of the Staten island African American Heritage Tour

– presentations from cultural organizations like Sandy Ground Historical Society, 369th Veterans’ Association, Staten Island NAACP, the Harriet Tubman Purple Hat Society, Frederick Douglass Memorial Park, Staten Island National Council of Negro Women, Central Family Life Center, Muslim Sisters of Staten Island, Staten Island Black Heritage and Empowerment Zone, Historic Tappen Park Community Partnership, Arthur Kill Press, National Action Network

Juneteenth Freedom Festival: Arts

– musical performances by artists as varied as WeJustWorkin, Island Flavourz, Karlus Trapp, Jeannine Otis, Harambee Dance Company, and performance sponsored by the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, as well as Curtis High School students and PS 59 students;

– arts exhibitions and art making opportunities with Bait-ul Jamaat – House of Community, Art Lab and Universal Temple of the Arts, Arthur Kill Press, HERShot!, and Muslim Sisters of Staten Island

– fashion shows provided by City Belle and Hidden Pearls of Staten Island – Alpha Kappa Alpha and Silver Queen No. 43 P.H.O.E.S.

Juneteenth Freedom Festival: Health and Environment

– health screenings and wellness coaching provided by Sharing the Bliss, HealthFirst, Lambda Kappa Mu, and Community Health Action of Staten Island, Bait-ul Jamaat

– Compost 101 from the NYC Compost Project Hosted by Snug Harbor

Juneteenth Freedom Festival: Economy and Entrepreneurship

– personal empowerment workshops focusing on small business development, personal finance, homeownership, education, and voter registration from Gift of Experience, Phenomenal Women Association, Minority Women in Business Association, Richmond County Black & Minority Chamber of Commerce

Juneteenth Freedom Festival: Children and Family

– a special play area dedicated to kids 10 and under by the Staten Island Children’s Museum with activities provided by the Staten Island Alliance for North Shore Children and Families

– the debut of the first Read in Color Little Free Library in New York City

– art-making with Art Lab and Universal Temple for the Arts

– Harambee Dance Company performance

This program is made possible in part with funding provided by the New York City Council. Snug Harbor thanks Council Members Steven Matteo and Debi Rose for their generous allocations.

Champion Sponsors:
Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI)
ConEdison’s Arts al Fresco series

Supporter Sponsor:
Friends of Mariners Harbor

Friend Sponsor:
NYC Ferry
Staten Island NAACP