Juneteenth Parade & Jamboree
Indigenous Glow presents An afternoon of activities and entertainment.
Juneteenth (a contraction of June and nineteenth) – also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day – is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it is now celebrated annually on the 19th of June throughout the United States, with varying official recognition. It is commemorated on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865 announcement by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom from slavery in Texas.
Walk Baltimore Street to Breckenridge Street, to Washington Street to High Street, to Franklin Street, to Long Lane and end at Gettysburg Area Rec Park.
Juneteenth event, themed “A Flash Through Rich Black History,” to follow parade at the Gettysburg Area Rec Park. This will be a multi-site celebration using the pavilions and the amphitheater at the park. Music will include jazz and hip hop and dance.
Activities at the park will follow the parade and will include an opening commemoration service led by local clergy Rev. Elder David Roberts. Other activities will include the Sons of Goodwill three-on-three basketball tournament, a Flash Through our Rich Black History Exhibit, hosted by Michelle Thomas, live visual art, Crafts and storytelling at the Children’s pavilion and much more.
Food trucks and ethnic jewelry vendors will provide opportunities for food and shopping. The day’s events will be capped off with a performance by Jazz vocalist Veronica Underwood on the main stage at 4pm. Participants are asked to bring lawn chairs and be mindful of those who may still be practicing Covid precautions.