Delaware County will hold a Juneteenth Celebration from 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 19 at Rose Tree Park, located at 1671 N. Providence Rd, Media, PA. The celebration, hosted by Delaware County Council, the Delaware County Veterans Memorial Association, and Taylor Made Vets will feature live music, artistic performances from local schools, vendors, food, and more.
“We are thrilled to be hosting the County’s first annual Juneteenth Celebration in Rose Tree Park,” said Delaware County Council Chair Dr. Monica Taylor. “This free, family-friendly event gives our residents an opportunity to celebrate an important milestone in history. Juneteenth serves as a day for residents to celebrate the ending of slavery in the United States and an opportunity for our entire community to learn more about African American history, which will contribute to a deeper understanding of the experiences that have shaped African Americans and our Country.”
Delaware County’s Juneteenth Celebration will feature headline performances by Dell-P and the Children of Adam Band, as well as artistic performances from local students. The celebration will also showcase some of Delaware County’s local business owners selling artwork, jewelry, crafts and more, various food trucks, and resources from local organizations across the county. The event is free for residents of all ages and will be held rain or shine.
The County held a Juneteenth logo competition and invited students from across the county to submit original artwork to be included in the County’s official Juneteenth Celebration flyer. Congratulations to Zionna Stansbur from STEM Academy at Showalter located in Chester for being selected as the Juneteenth Celebration logo design winner!
Prior to the celebration in Rose Tree Park, The Delaware County Veterans Memorial Association and Taylor Made Vets will hold a Juneteenth Ceremony at 9:00 a.m. at The Delaware County Veterans Memorial located at 4599 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA.
Various organizations and municipalities are also hosting Juneteenth Celebrations:
When: Saturday, June 18 from noon- 6:00 p.m.
Where: Memorial Park- 2300 W. 7th St., Chester, PA Details: Live music, food, crafts, basketball tournament, dance contest, health fair, and more.
When: Saturday, June 18 beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Where: 1022 Ridge Ave., Darby, PA
Details: Flag raising at 9:00 a.m., followed a food giveaway and wellness fair.
When: Saturday, June 18 from noon- 3:00 p.m.
Where: Heritage Park- 5th and Broomall Streets, Media, PA
Details: NAACP Media Youth Council is sponsoring a Juneteenth Celebration in partnership with the Borough of Media, PA. The celebration will be a fun-filled afternoon for all ages which will include live musical performances from local talent, spoken word, trivia, crafts, a live yoga demonstration, local community organizations and powerful words from our local community leaders.
When: Saturday, June 18 from 2:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Where: Lansdowne Landing Park- 30 N Lansdowne Ave, Lansdowne, PA.
Details: Flag raising at 2:00 p.m., Community Celebration from 4:00p.m.- 7:00 p.m. featuring live music, children’s entertainment, food, and more.
Upper Chichester Township:
When: Friday, June 17 from 5:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.
Where: The location and parade route will be released soon.
Details: Parade, music, food, games, and awards
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and announced the end of both the Civil War and slavery. General Granger’s announcement put into effect the Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President Abraham Lincoln, which had legally freed slaves on January 1, 1863, almost 2½ years earlier. Many slaves, particularly in Texas and other southwestern states were not informed of the Emancipation Proclamation until General Granger’s announcement.
The holiday received its name by combining June and 19. The day is also sometimes called “Juneteenth Independence Day,” “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day.”