On June 19, 1865, the face of humanity in the United States changed forever in Galveston, Tex. when, legend has it, Union General Gordon Granger announced the formal abolition of slavery. Can you think of something better to celebrate than the end of slavery? Didn’t think so
. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Cincinnati’s Juneteenth Festival, which honors African American emancipation with a rich, colorful celebration featuring cultural happenings ranging from Blues, Reggae, African drumming and dancing, traditional storytelling and vendors offering a diverse collection of food, clothing, art, ethnic literature and folk crafts. Mirror Lake in Eden Park. Free. Through Sunday June 17. Noon-9 p.m. Saturday; 2:30-6 p.m. Sunday. juneteenthcincinnati.org.