Sundance Square will host Juneteenth festival starting today

Juneteenth, which stands for June 19th, is more than a long-standing Texas tradition; it is the oldest continuously held celebration of the abolishment of slavery in the United States. Saturday marks the 145th anniversary of the day in Galveston when the last remaining slaves in the United States were freed by proclamation.

Joyful celebrations broke out, tradition tells us, and Juneteenth is still a time of celebration and reflection not only for African-Americans but also for people of all races.

This year there's something new for revelers.

Sundance Square's inaugural Juneteenth Music Festival & Celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. today in the Chisholm Trail parking lot at Fourth and Main streets, with concerts featuring local bands and the veteran Stax Records band The Bar-Kays at 8:45 p.m.

Saturday's lineup starts at 2 p.m. with local musical acts and the headliner SOS Band at 8:45 p.m.

Admission is free. The festival will also include art exhibits and food and drink concessions. Proceeds will go to the Renaissance Cultural Center scholarship fund.