Celebrating Juneteenth 2024 in NYC

Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S. All across New York City you’ll find celebrations.

On Saturday, June 15th, Central Park has art, live music, and family-friendly activities on the site of Seneca Village, a lost African-American enclave that was here from 1825 to 1857. You can relive the traditions of Seneca Village’s residents and celebrate the strong sense of community cultivated by their three churches.

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Near the southern tip of Manhattan, Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City hosts its 8th annual Emancipation Day celebration on Saturday. Look for horseback rides with The Federation of Black Cowboys, art, and a performance by Juneteenth LP, whose mission is to share music of the African Diaspora through the lens of Black classically trained musicians.

On Wednesday (Juneteenth itself), Carnegie Hall is the site of All American Freedom Day 2024: The Year of Justice, Peace, and Love. Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes Jr., Senior Minister Emeritus of Manhattan’s Riverside Church, leads an evening of performances celebrating Black culture.

Photo credit: Kay Hickman.

Also on the 19th, the Fourth Annual Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth Concert brings together cast members from 18 Broadway shows for a free outdoor concert in Times Square centered around Black artistry and unity. The show is hosted by Michael James Scott, currently lighting up Broadway as Genie in Aladdin.

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Performers at the African Burial Ground National Monument. Photo: NPS.

Construction on an office building in 1991 revealed a massive burial site for free and enslaved African Americans in Lower Manhattan. Now consecrated ground again, Juneteenth will be celebrated here on Wednesday with music, dance, an afro-futurist collaborative performance piece, a Juneteenth Game Show, and a tour of the African Burial Ground National Monument.

About the Author

Ethan Wolff is the author of numerous guidebooks to New York, having covered the city for more than two decades. He has written for New York Magazine, BlackBook, and Details, among others. In addition to his work as the editor of City Guide, Ethan covers NYC’s talk and lecture scene for the website Thought Gallery. He lives with his wife and two daughters in the Windsor Terrace neighborhood of Brooklyn.

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