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Juneteenth celebrations set for Dorey Park on Saturday

Henrico County will celebrate Juneteenth – also known as “Emancipation Day” or “Day of Freedom” – on Saturday, June 15, with a day of family fun and entertainment at Dorey Park.

Trevor Dickerson

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Henrico County will celebrate Juneteenth – also known as “Emancipation Day” or “Day of Freedom” – on Saturday, June 15, with a day of family fun and entertainment at Dorey Park, including performances, an expanded vendor fair of 150 Black-owned businesses, historical and educational exhibits, a kids’ zone with entertainment and a community art project.

The Dorey Park event, scheduled from 4 to 10 p.m., is presented by the Division of Recreation & Parks. Admission is free and open to the public. The Juneteenth Celebrations will be capped with a performance by Art of Noise RVA at 8 p.m. and a fireworks finale at 9:45 p.m.! The event also will offer food trucks with concessions available for purchase.

The annual Juneteenth Celebrations will honor the events of June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers delivered word to enslaved people in Galveston, Texas that they had been freed under President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of Jan. 1, 1863.

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.