Parade & Festival
June 19, 2021
Parade & Festival
Celebrating Juneteenth in 2020
In the interest of public safety, the 2020 Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade & Festival was canceled. However, Juneteenth IS NOT cancelled. Traditional, in-person festivities such as the Parade and Festival will return on Saturday June 19, 2021.
Millions of African-Americans have taken to social media to voice their plans to not celebrate the 4th of July (America’s Freedom Day), and instead celebrate THEIR Freedom Day which is the Juneteenth Holiday, June 19.
As a result, we have decided to put together a resource guide for how you can still celebrate and support Juneteenth in a safe space. Click the button below to find out how you can join us in healing and building for the future!
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth is the only holiday that commemorates the abolition of slavery; more specifically the emancipation of enslaved Africans throughout the United States of America. 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.” – Mayor James F. Kenney
In the interest of public safety, the 2020 Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade & Festival is canceled.
Festivities will return on Saturday, June 19, 2021.
We recognize the Juneteenth holiday and its public commemoration is more important now than ever. Juneteenth represents an historic triumph of the human spirit. With the corona virus weighing heavily on everyone’s spirits, the world should know that we’ve been here before. And just as our spirit was not defeated by slavery, it will not be defeated by this pandemic. Philadelphia needs the uplift that the Juneteenth Parade has delivered for the past 4 years.
We will skip 2020, but we’ve already started planning for 2021! It will be bigger and better than ever!