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Juneteenth festivities kick off Saturday in Watertown

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The local Juneteenth festivities will kick off on Saturday with music, an arts show and a festival.

The day’s events begin with a festival from noon to 5 p.m. at Jefferson Community College. The events are free and open to the public.

Juneteenth commemorates the ending of slavery in the U.S. and has been a national holiday since 2021.

Renowned scholar, activist, and organizational consultant, Professor James Small, honors this anniversary by sharing from his extensive knowledge and experience as special guest speaker.

This year’s Juneteenth Gallery is featured in partnership with the Community Folk Arts Center, Syracuse University (CFAC) and the North Country Arts Council.

Music will be provided by Trumptight315, Weusi Ensemble of Brooklyn and The Sounds of the City, from City of Refuge Church and more.

International students and military families also will perform other African music and poetry.

The celebration concludes at 12:30 p.m. Monday with a Juneteenth flag raising at City Hall, 245 Washington St.

The flag raising will be accompanied by The Sounds of the City and DJ Drex.

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