The city’s ninth annual Juneteenth Festival takes place from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday (June 8) on the grounds of the Eastview Middle School in White Plains.
The free festival features music, food, games, carnival rides, health screenings, raffles and contests, entertainment, vendors and more.
The festival commemorates the end of slavery and the Civil War. Juneteenth’s beginning occurred on or about June 19, 1865, when slaves in Galveston, Texas, first learned that the war was over and that slavery had been abolished by Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation.
The White Plains festival, one of the first in the state, is organized by the White Plains Juneteenth Heritage Committee.
Eastview School is located at 350 Main St. Plenty of free parking is available.