In Historic Germantown and Center City Philadelphia, organizations celebrate the passage and ratification of the 13th Amendment — which ended slavery in America — with Juneteenth festivities this Saturday, June 17.
The Historic Germantown neighborhood hosts its annual Juneteenth Festival this Saturday at some of the area’s most historic homes and sites. Spearheaded by Johnson House Historic Site, a home that was a stop on the Underground Railroad, the free festival runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the 6300 block of Germantown Avenue.
The festivities kick off with the “Freedom Walk” parade, which leaves from 5109 Germantown Avenue, the site of the writing of the first protest against slavery, and continues up Germantown Avenue to the Johnson House Historic Site.
At Johnson House, Mayor Jim Kenney will give opening remarks at 11:30 a.m. to mark the anniversary of this momentous occasion. The festival then continues with historical reenactments, a cultural marketplace for shopping, performances and an African children’s village with free activities for youngsters.
For food and drinks, 21-plus guests can sip craft beer and hard cider from the Attic Brewing Company-sponsored beer garden and purchase tasty food from a number of on-site food trucks.
In addition to the block party at Johnson House, other historic Germantown sites get in on the Juneteenth fun. Guests can enjoy a panel discussion on the state of black women at the Historic Germantown Mennonite Meetinghouse, go on guided tours of the Concord School House and Upper Burying Ground and watch Liberty to Go to See, a theater show based on the Chew Family papers held at Cliveden.
In Center City, the Juneteenth celebrations also occur on Saturday, June 17 as the Philadelphia Community of Leaders present a fun parade starting at noon at 7th and Locust streets.
The parade will wind through Center City to the African American Museum where the events will continue with a panel at the museum, an African shopping marketplace and open-mic performances.
Please Touch Museum
The fun Please Touch Museum hosts Juneteenth celebrations this Saturday with an all-day Juneteenth Family Festival.
Throughout the day, Please Touch Museum guests can enjoy a hip-hop performance, quilt-making crafts, educational events about this important day in history, a musical parade throughout the museum and more. The activities are included in the price of general admission to the museum.
Celebrate Juneteenth at one of these great events in Philadelphia.