County's 4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration
Posted on 06/05/2023

West Bend, WI – In recognition of the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery, Washington County is hosting its 4th annual Juneteenth celebration on Monday, June 19, 2023, at the Washington County Golf Course Clubhouse. This year the county is partnering with the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County.

Juneteenth became a federal holiday in June 2021 and commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. The event dates to June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers arrived at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were free. This was more than two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had become official January 1, 1863.

“We began the Juneteenth celebration in Washington County not only to remember the difficult history of enslavement in the United States, but to provide an opportunity for our great community to celebrate its significance together. Knowing the history of the holiday allows us to build connections and understanding,” said County Executive Josh Schoemann.

The Juneteenth flag will be flown at the nine Washington County government buildings. Veteran, business and church groups are participating in raising the flags that morning.

In addition to County Executive Schoemann’s proclamation, the Juneteenth celebration will feature:

  • Invocation - Pastor Clark Schultz – Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
  • Singers – National Anthem – UWM-WC choir – Professor of Music Peter Gibeau

   Lift Every Voice and Sing – Noelle Braun, Executive Director Casa Guadalupe Center

  • Master of Ceremony – Bill Brewer
  • Speakers: Will Martin – Business Owner; and Nia Obotette – Author of I Am a Triathlete
  • Quotes –to be read by Boys & Girls Club students
  • Closing and Benediction


DATE/TIME:            Monday, June 19, 2023 – 8:30am

LOCATION:             Washington County Golf Course Clubhouse

                                    1365 Clover Road, Hartford, WI 53027