Juneteenth Festivities Returns To Philadelphia This Saturday, June 18

This Saturday, Philadelphia hosts a number of special events in celebration of history, freedom and African-American culture.

It was on June 19, 1865 that African-Americans received their first taste of freedom with the abolition of chattel slavery in the United States.

Historic Germantown

The Johnson House Historic Site in Historic Germantown will commemorate Juneteenth with its annual Juneteenth Festival this weekend.

Philadelphia’s Juneteenth Festival kicks off Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m. at 5109 Germantown Avenue, the State Marker honoring the site where the first printed anti-slavery document, the First Protest of 1688, was written.

A Freedom Walk parade will proceed up Germantown Avenue to the Johnson House Historic Site. Formerly owned by Quaker abolitionists, the Johnson House now holds a well-preserved Philadelphia Underground Railroad stop.

Throughout the day, other Historic Germantown sites will be participating in various Juneteenth events including an author talk and book signing with Drew Hart and a theater performance of Liberty to Go to See, a play based on the Chew Family Papers.

Later in the day, enjoy historical reenactments, an African-American cultural marketplace, a pop-up beer garden, the Black Colleges Matter Panel and the Unsung Hero Awards which will honor businesswoman and activist Mrs. Ena Linder Swain.

African American Museum
(Photo By: J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
This Saturday, sites throughout Philadelphia celebrate Juneteenth with free festivities.

Center City

Beyond Historic Germantown, the Philadelphia Community of Leaders host the inaugural Juneteenth celebration in Center City this Saturday with a parade from Washington Square to the African American Museum and special events throughout the day.

The festivities kick off at Washington Square Park at 8:30 a.m. and continue all day long with the parade, which promises music, drummers, dancers, floats and more, and an African marketplace and discussions with dignitaries at the African American Museum.

AAMP will be open until 7:30 p.m. with its regular exhibitions and special programming, too.

Juneteenth in Philadelphia

When:Saturday, June 18, Historic Germantown, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Center City, 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Where:Various Locations In Historic Germantown Including Johnson House Historic Site, 6306 Germantown Avenue
Cost:Free

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