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Juneteenth 2021
Wednesday, June 16 - Saturday, June 19, 2021

City of Philadelphia commemorates Juneteenth 2021

Commemorating Juneteenth—an annual holiday observing the end of slavery in the U.S—with festivities, events, and programs.

Official event information

When

Wednesday, June 16 - Saturday, June 19, 2021

Juneteenth is an annual holiday that celebrates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. It marks the day (June 19, 1865) when news of the end of slavery reached Galveston, TX, one of the deepest parts of the Confederacy.

Juneteenth has been commemorated and celebrated for over 150 years by communities across the country and is deep-rooted in Philadelphia tradition. For the second time, Juneteenth is recognized as an official City of Philadelphia holiday this year. Join us for festivities, events, and programs throughout the week.

Events

  • Jun
    17
    Pre-Juneteenth Festival Celebration
    11:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Cecil B. Moore Library, 2320 Cecil B. Moore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA

    Pre-Juneteenth Festival Celebration

    June 17, 2021
    11:00 am to 3:00 pm, 4 hours
    Cecil B. Moore Library, 2320 Cecil B. Moore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA
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    Join us for a FREE library party in celebration of Juneteenth 11-3 on Thursday, June 17th!

    The event will be in our courtyard. Join us for food, giveaways, music, and art-making. Enjoy food, fun, and a celebration of black liberation and black life! Create art and express yourself in community! Share stories, make memories, lift up our history. Learn more about this event. View more Free Library of Philadelphia Juneteenth events.

  • Jun
    17
    ReJUNEvenation: A Juneteenth Cultural Celebration Pop-Up
    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
    Love Park, Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA

    ReJUNEvenation: A Juneteenth Cultural Celebration Pop-Up

    June 17, 2021
    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm, 2 hours
    Love Park, Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
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    Join the Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement and the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts Culture and the Creative Economy present ‘ReJUNEvenation: A Juneteenth Cultural Celebration Pop-Up’.

    In honor of Juneteenth, and as an engagement under the Pathways to Reform, Transformation, and Reconciliation initiative, this celebratory lunchtime event will feature a multi-genre percussion ensemble, Sistahs Laying Down Hands..with Love and friends, as well as poetry, storytelling and other musical performances.

    Come out to Love Park for this free, interactive, inclusive, and artistic presentation in response to a renewed commitment to the process of rejuvenation, reconciliation, and resilience.


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  • Jun
    17
    Philadelphia Skyline Lights Up for Juneteenth
    8:30 pm to 5:00 am

    Philadelphia Skyline Lights Up for Juneteenth

    June 17, 2021
    8:30 pm to 5:00 am, 9 hours

    The Philadelphia Juneteenth Family is lighting up the Philadelphia skyline red, black and green from Sunday, June 13 through Saturday, June 19.  The days most buildings will be lit will be June 17 – 19.  

    Below is a list of locales whereyou can see the Juneteenth Lights from June 13-19: Philadelphia’s Boat House Row

    • Ben Franklin Bridge
    • Citizens Bank Park
    • Pennsylvania Convention Center
    • Lincoln Financial Field
    • Philadelphia Museum of Art
    • Wells Fargo Center
    • PhiladelphiaInternational Airport control tower
    • Live! Casino in South Philadelphia
    • Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pa.
    • Rivers Casino Philadelphia in Spring Garden
    • PECOHeadquarters Crown Lights
    • Independent Blue Cross headquarters in Center City
    • FMC Tower, Cira Centre
    • Liberty Place One and Two
    • Light poles in the middle of North Broad Street in the area of Temple University. 


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