@ Rose Tree Park
2023 JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION
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.
The lineup for Delaware County’s 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration:
4pm - 7pm: Vendors and Food Vendors
6pm: Ceremony on the Mall Area
7:30pm: Headliner, Philly Gumbo Performs on the Main Stage
In Delaware County
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is an annual holiday celebrated on June 19th in the United States. The holiday commemorates the day when enslaved African Americans in Texas were finally informed of their freedom, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced that the Civil War was over and that all slaves were now free.
The name "Juneteenth" is a combination of "June" and "nineteenth," reflecting the date of the celebration. The holiday is a time for African Americans to honor their heritage, reflect on the progress made in the fight for civil rights and racial equality, and to celebrate freedom and emancipation. Juneteenth has grown in significance over the years and, on June 17, 2021, it was officially recognized as a federal holiday in the United States.