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8 ways to Honor and Celebrate Juneteenth 2021 In Philadelphia

Juneteenth is more important now than ever. Juneteenth was first celebrated in Texas on June 19th, 1865, when the last slaves were declared free under the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation. This day commemorates the liberation that reached the farthest part of the former confederacy. In an article by Vox about the importance of Juneteenth, they emphasized the point that this day also represents how “freedom and justice in the US have always been delayed” for Black Americans. 

To reflect and honor this monumental date, here are eight ways to celebrate Juneteenth this year in Philadelphia. 

1. The Slave Narratives for Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival 

Grounded Theatre Company will present a site-specific performance of The Slave Narratives. Based on interviews of formerly enslaved people gathered during the 1930s, the play provides a window into their lives during and after slavery. 

Performance times: 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. 

Register here

2. West Philadelphia’s Fifth Annual Juneteenth Fest

A Freedom Day march, a rally program, an exhibit and vendor fair, a self-guided culture tour, and more. Unfortunately, the parade will not take place this year due to COVID precautions.  

Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To learn more details on all the events taking place, visit here

3.Amalgam’s Juneteenth Celebration featuring The Black Child Book Fair

Amalgam has partnered with The Black Child Bookfair (a Chicago-based traveling book fair aimed at promoting and amplifying Black voices in children’s literature) to bring you their first Juneteenth celebration. There will be books, comics, music, and arts & crafts!

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

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4. Visit the African American Museum 

Philly’s African American Museum will celebrate this day by partnering with Wawa to provide educational activities, food, local vendors, and music and dance performances. The museum will be free that day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Get your tickets here

5. Visit the Buy Local, Buy Black Pop-up Shop

Honor your black ancestor’s achievements by supporting black-owned businesses. Businesses will be set up on Ridge Ave. Businesses will include; Clothing boutiques, jewelry/accessories, homemade desserts, soul food vendors, self-care/wellness items, and more! 

Time: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

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6. Jawnteenth 

Taking place on June 18th, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Malcolm X Park, celebrate freedom and resistance. There will be food, music, dancing, marching and more! Social distancing will be practiced and bringing a lawn chair to enjoy the evening is encouraged. 

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7. Juneteenth & Father’s Day Clean Comedy Show

Located at the Hatfield House, enjoy a live DJ, giveaways, kid-friendly activities, games, and refreshments.

Time: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

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8. Barnes Presents! Juneteenth Lantern Making

Taking place on June 17th from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., West Philadelphia residents are welcome to join a lantern-making workshop with local artist Ken Johnston. 

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