BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — This summer the 7 Eyewitness News team is excited to be coming to a neighborhood near you. We're bringing back our popular On the Road series starting Friday on Buffalo's East Side.
With the weekend's Juneteenth Festival as our backdrop, our team will be exploring all the exciting places and opportunities now emerging as this community embraces an incredible renaissance. This year's Juneteenth festival is set for Saturday and Sunday at Buffalo's Martin Luther King Junior Park and an exciting line-up of entertainment is on the way.
Did you know, Buffalo's Juneteenth Festival is the third largest in the world? Juneteenth commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States and aims to emphasize the achievements of African Americans in our nation. "You really can't celebrate the freedom of American people unless you celebrate the freedom of all American people," said Marcus Brown, President of Juneteenth Festival Inc. "It brings out the best of us, we have so many things that our ancestors have done, we stand on the shoulders of the people who came before us."
More than 150 vendors will be on-hand for the two day event. You'll also be able to sample entertainment on three separate stages, covering everything from jazz to rap to rock n' roll. The Juneteenth parade steps off at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at Genesee and Moselle.
We're hitting the road all summer long, exploring the people and places that make Western New York such a great place to live, work and play. Later this month we'll be checking out Kenmore Days. Then, we'll be celebrating our nation's independence in East Aurora and Rockin' the Barn in Clarence in July.
You can check out all of our upcoming On the Road stops just by visiting the On The Road section of our website. If you're checking us out on Facebook, make sure to leave some tips and suggestions for hot spots in your neck of the woods.