Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863.
Leon celebrates its Bicentennial in 2018! Join in the celebration by attending Leon's Old Fashioned Town Picnic at the Leon Fire Hall on Saturday August 18, 2018. Bring a dish to pass, your lawn chair and get ready for fun at this small town country picnic in Leon in the Amish Country of Cattaraugus County. It's the 76th Anniversary of the Leon Fire Company #1! Want to get a better idea of what life was like for Leon's first settlers? Try your hand at Leon's boardgame version of Oregon Trail, Saga of the Ridge!