GOSHEN, Ind. (May 15, 2023)— Commemorating the end of slavery, and renewing hope and commitment to a vibrant and flourishing future, the City of Goshen Community Relations Commission is hosting a Juneteenth Celebration for a second year in a row.

The event will be held Saturday, June 17, from 12 to 5 p.m. at Shanklin Park, 411 W. Plymouth Ave., and will feature local and regional artisans, performers, and food vendors. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

The event will also host informational tables from the Department of Environmental Resilience, Goshen Public Library, and community members holding conversations about reparations.

LaCasa will host a free workshop on homeownership from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. To participate in this workshop, register at

Juneteenth National Independence Day commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. In 2021, it became an observed federal holiday after a majority approval by the US House of Representatives and unanimous approval from the US Senate. The City of Goshen adopted Juneteenth as a local holiday the same year.

As a holiday, Juneteenth is a time to celebrate as well as a time for reflecting and acting. The observation of Juneteenth includes empowering our neighbors to build their own opportunities, grow their own wealth, and bring everyone to the table.