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Commemorate Juneteenth at the Annual Festival in historic Germantown

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June 3, 2021 Category: Sun Report Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO: Johnson House historic site — which hosts the Juneteenth Festival in Germantown — was a vital stop on the Underground Railroad during the 1800s. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Historic Germantown celebrates Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, during its annual Juneteenth Festival.

Hosted by the Johnson House Historic Site, the annual (and free!) festival features a day of educational activities and entertainment on Germantown Avenue.

For 2021, the Juneteenth Festival takes place on Saturday, June 19, 2021, beginning at 1 p.m., with festivities continuing throughout the afternoon and complemented by online programming. Note that masks are required for 2021.

During the event, guests can explore the history, heritage and culture of the neighborhood, as well as the area’s historic sites.

For 2021, attendees heading to the 6300 block of Germantown Avenue can look forward to live music, children’s activities, food trucks and historic reenactments.

Also on the docket: an annual panel discussion on social issues and their impact. This year’s talk is entitled “Philadelphia Health Crisis: The High Rate of Gun Violence,” offering an overview of the issue and strategies that attendees can use to increase awareness and help address it.

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