Calendar of events for June 19, 2022
The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by then-President Lincoln on January 1, 1863. But it would be more than two years later for all slaves to be assured of their freedom. Juneteenth, short for June Nineteenth, marks the day Federal troops entered Galveston, Texas and informed the remaining slaves that they were now free.
To commemorate this day, families and communities, especially in Texas, honored Juneteenth with parades, rallies and festivals. In 2019 Governor Tom Wolf made Juneteenth a statutory holiday and on June 17, 2021 Juneteenth officially became a federal statutory holiday.
This year, there are many ways to honor Juneteenth through community gatherings, history talks, parades and more throughout the city.
Here’s how to celebrate Juneteenth in Philadelphia.
(Art/community) Check out Juneteenth 3000, a new exhibit by Cherry Street Pier Artist-in-Residence Thomcat23 that explores what life would be like for Black Americans 1,135 years after the Emancipation Proclamation. The exhibition will be on view until June 30. (June 3-30, 101 S. Columbus Blvd., cherrystreetpier.com)
(Community/Kid Friendly/Free/Outdoor) Look up as the city shines in honor of Juneteenth. Iconic sites such as Boathouse Row, Ben Franklin Bridge, Citizens Bank Park and more will light up in red and green to celebrate the day. Circle around all the stops throughout the week to admire the glowing skyline. (Free, June 13-19, various locations, facebook.com)
(Community/Free) Second District Brewing serves up history with a craft beer. Come discover the history of Juneteenth through interactive activities, games and more. The event kicks off with a talk on history by Black History Maven. Beer and light snacks will be available for purchase. (Free, June 16, 6-7:30 p.m. 1939 S. Bancroft St., eventbrite.com)
(Music/Kid Friendly) Longwood Gardens’ incredible illuminated fountain performance is a sight (and sound) you won’t want to miss. In honor of Juneteenth, this performance features songs on the themes of freedom, hope and strength with music from artists like Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield and Nina Simone. ($2-$25, June 17-18, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, longwoodgardens.org)
(Movies/Community) Pack your favorite movie snacks and watch a movie under the stars. In honor of Juneteenth, the feature will be Glory, an American war drama about an African-American Civil War regime. This film is rated R and is intended for a more mature audience. ($10-$20, June 17, 8-10 p.m., 2400 Strawberry Mansion Dr., thelaurelhillcemetery.org)
(Art / community / free) Come meet and learn from historian and artist Michelle Browder. Browder’s work focuses on exposing the rich and often haunting elements of history in an engaging way. During the program, Browder will share how she explores historical narratives. You can choose to join this free event in person or via online streaming. (Free, June 17, 6 p.m., 1314 Locust Street, support.librarycompany.org)
(Community/Kid Friendly) This one-day block party is a free June 19th celebration for everyone in the community. Free food, popsicles and activities for kids will be available while supplies last. (Free, June 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 19th & W.Tioga St., cityathleticsphilly.com)
(Community/Outdoors) This Pride-Juneteenth celebration was designed with Black LGBTQ families in mind. Head to Germantown Ave. for an afternoon of free food, music, vendors, history talks and more. (Free, June 18, 11am-2pm, 6945 Germantown Avenue, philadelphiafamilypride.org)
(Community/Kid Friendly) Johnson House, a National Historic Landmark and Underground Railroad stop, hosts its 16th annual Juneteenth Festival on June 18. Bring the whole family for a full day of music, games, panel discussions, historical re-enactments, and more. (Free, June 18, 12 p.m.-6 p.m., 6306 Germantown Ave., johnsonhouse.org)
(Art/Community) Artist Zsudayka Nzinga guides you through her “Afro Bohemian” art installation, which brings together symbols and icons from black history and culture. Then, check out a special comic book workout dedicated to celebrating real-life black superheroes. Before leaving, Philly’s Positive Movement Drumline is hosting a special performance. This event is free with admission to the National Liberty Museum. ($6-$12, June 18, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., 321 Chestnut St., libertymuseum.org)
(Music/Community/Kid Friendly) Join the Woodmere Art Museum for a day of jazz and poetry with performances from the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble, Universal Drum and Dance Ensemble, poets and more. (Free, June 18, 2-5 p.m., 9201 Germantown Ave., woodmereartmuseum.org)
(Community/Music/Art/Kid Friendly) Celebrate Juneteenth in West Philadelphia with live entertainment, food, a children’s village and more. Local organizations and groups will march along the parade route which begins at 52nd and Parkside. Then, at the Malcolm X Park festival, you’ll have the chance to play games, shop at local vendors, see art exhibits and more. (Free, June 19, 10 a.m., N. 52nd St. & Parkside Ave., juneteenthphilly.org)
(Community/music/art/kid-friendly) This block party is packed with live performances from artists like Talib Kweli, in addition to food, games, and more. You will also have the opportunity to purchase items from local manufacturers at the Village Marketplace. Register online in advance to also receive free admission to the museum. (Free, June 19, 11am-4pm, 701 Arch St., tockify.com)
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