Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. It was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that all slaves were now free. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had become official on January 1, 1863. This day is celebrated in honor of the African Americans who received notice of being set free on June 19, 1865.
Allenstown is a Central Valley town founded by former slaves and their families. Friends of Allenstown's annual celebration features entertainment, speakers, food, and free tours of the historic buildings.