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McHenry County
Juneteenth Organization


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Our mission is to promote African American history and celebrate the freedom of all individuals.  As a community organization, we have founded McHenry County's first Juneteenth festival to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved blacks.  


We aim to expand our efforts by organizing various events throughout the year that highlight the rich cultural heritage, achievements, and contributions of African Americans.


Through these events, we strive to educate, inspire, and unite communities in McHenry County, fostering a greater understanding and appreciation for African American history and the ongoing pursuit of freedom and equality.


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Dr. Venoncia M. Bate-Ambrus

We are pleased to announce Dr. Venoncia M. Bate-Ambrus as our Keynote Speaker for the 2024 Juneteenth Festival. Click the link to read her bio.

Moya Cultural Arts

We are excited to welcome Moya Dance Troupe and Drummers to this year's festival. Click the link to read their bio.

Darlene Benton

Darlene Benton is excited to be returning as this year's featured vocalist. Click the link to read her bio.

Gloria Van Hof

Gloria Van Hof, Founder of the McHenry County Juneteenth Organization will be hosting this year.

Ken Davis Project

Ken Davis and his band are honored to be returning to get the crowd going at this year's festival.


  • McHenry County's Juneteenth Festival
    McHenry County's Juneteenth Festival
    Sat, Jun 15
    Historic Woodstock Square
    Jun 15, 2024, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Historic Woodstock Square, 121 W Van Buren St, Woodstock, IL 60098, USA
    All are invited to McHenry County's 2nd annual Juneteenth Festival to celebrate a day of freedom and empowerment. Inspiring speakers, Live Entertainment, Food Trucks, Music and Family Fun.
  • Black History Month Celebration: McHenry County's Link to the Underground Railroad
    Black History Month Celebration: McHenry County's Link to the Underground Railroad
    Mon, Feb 19
    Luecht Auditorium,McHenry County College
    Feb 19, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Luecht Auditorium,McHenry County College, 8900 Northwest Hwy #14, Crystal Lake, IL 60012, USA
  • Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    Wed, Jan 10
    Luecht Auditorium,McHenry County College
    Jan 10, 2024, 5:30 PM – Jan 11, 2024, 7:30 PM
    Luecht Auditorium,McHenry County College, 8900 Northwest Hwy #14, Crystal Lake, IL 60012, USA
    Join us for an evening of remembrance, reflection and action as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Click here to watch a recording of the event.



What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth commemorates the date of June 19, 1865, when Union troops marched to Galveston, Texas and enforced the January 1, 1863 Emancipation Proclamation, freeing over 250,000 enslaved persons still held in bondage, deprived of their freedom and basic dignity.  Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday.  On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday


All Americans are encouraged to share and feel the power of this day.  Juneteenth is a reminder of how important it is to work together toward our shared goal to eliminate hatred, racism and fear; and show that bigotry and hate have no home in the United States, in Illinois, or in McHenry County. 

On June 17, 2023, McHenry County held it's first ever Juneteenth celebration in the Historic Woodstock Square.  To read more about the 2023 Festival, click here...

Be a part of the
Juneteenth Festival

Join us in celebrating Juneteenth by becoming an exhibitor or volunteer! We are still accepting applications and would love to have you be a part of this important event. Don't miss out on this opportunity to showcase your business or talents to your  community.  Click a link below to contact us and find out more.


Sponsorship Opportunities

We need your help to make the McHenry County Juneteenth Festival a success and to support our mission. Your sponsorship is essential to the success of this event, and we are looking for businesses and individuals who share our passion for making a positive impact in our community.


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