Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade and Festival
Freedom Fought | Freedom Won
Juneteenth is the oldest celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. It was on June 19th, 1865 (two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was in effect) that the Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. The celebration carries the an example of a thesis statement police brutality research questions connotation that until we’re all free, none of us are free.
Pennsylvania now permanently recognizes Juneteenth, as a state holiday. Governor Tom Wolf on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 signed legislation designating June 19 as Juneteenth National Freedom Day in Pennsylvania.
"Juneteenth is an event that has a unique cultural and historical significance, both here in Philadelphia and across the country. The City is proud to partner with the Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade and Festival," said Mayor James F. Kenney.
Note: The above description came from the event's About Juneteenth page.
In The News
- The 3rd annual Philadelphia Juneteenth Musicfest and Parade - June 22 & 23, ABC-6, June 12, 2018.