Juneteenth

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The month of June is full of opportunities to celebrate Juneteenth, our nation’s oldest celebration commemorating the last enslaved people in the United States. On June 19th, 1865, Union Army general Gordon Granger, announced the end of slavery in Texas, 2 ½ years following the Emancipation Proclamation. The event was celebrated the following year in Galveston, Texas and has expanded through the majority of our states. In 2019 Governor Wolf declared Juneteenth a state holiday. In 2020 and 2021, the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County made Juneteenth a holiday and became the first and only County and City in Pennsylvania to make Juneteenth a legislative holiday.

This year’s Juneteenth celebration will be the largest our city has ever hosted. Events will be held in three different public parks as well as in Downtown Pittsburgh. Music, dancing, food, games, art and a historic parade will bring us together to celebrate this joyful holiday. The celebration will be extended from three to ten days and all will occur in person, outdoors. The Mt. Lebanon Public Library in planned cooperation with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Ad Hoc Committee of the Mt. Lebanon Community Relations Board has created this web page full of resources and event listings to make celebrating the joy of Juneteenth all the more meaningful.

  1. Outdoor Events
  2. Virtual Events
  3. Book Lists
  4. Online Resources

Pittsburgh Outdoor Events:

Juneteenth 2 D Kick-Off Festival at Chartiers City Park (3799 Chartiers Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15204) Saturday, June 12th, 11 am-9 pm
For additional information contact: 724-205-9376 or wpajuneteenth@yahoo.com
Speakers l Vendors l Kids-Fun-Zone l Live Entertainment l Special Performance by Chicago's own Hollywood Swinging Band- Kool & the Gang Tribute Band l and more... Bring your whole Family for a great Juneteeenth Celebration to start the summer off!

WPA Juneteenth National “Freedom Day Youth Festival” at Mellon Park, Friday, June 18th -  Sunday, June 20th, 9 am-4 pm Daily
For additional information contact: bmarshallproductions@yahoo.com 
Flag Football Tournament l AEO Kids Fun Zone l 3v3 Basketball Tourney l Penguins Field Hockey l Bouncy Houses l and much more from 9am to 4pm daily. This event is for youth ages 6-17.

Pittsburgh-Allegheny Co. Freedom Days Fest at Point State Park, Friday, June 18th - Sunday, June 20th, 11 am- 9 pm Daily
For additional information:  https://www.wpajuneteenth.com
Juneteenth Celebration involves Africa American Culture Education l Live Music l Vendors l Speakers l and more

JUNE 18th 
11am-1pm, Main Stage: Juneteenth Consecration Service and Sankofa Dance & Drum Team
2p, Main Stage: Dr. Jay and Pittsburgh Jazz All-Stars
4p, Main Stage: Bill Henry Band
6p, Main Stage: Raheem Devaughn
7:30p, Main Stage: The Ohio Players

JUNE 19th
11am to 1pm, Main Stage: DJ Set
1p, Main Stage: Soul Raydio Band
2p, Main Stage: Dr. Jaki Young & JWI Sextet
3p, Main Stage: House of Soul Band
5p, Main Stage: Sound Kodz
6p, Main Stage: Big Daddy Kane
8p, Main Stage: RAKIM

JUNE 20th
11a to 1p, Main Stage: DJ SET
1p, Main Stage: Motor City Revue- Sounds of Motown (Four Tops, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Temptations, SUPREMES, Smokey Robinson and the  Miracles, and Mary Wells)
4p, Main Stage: WHO'S BAD- Michael Jackson Tribute Band
6p, Main Stage: NEW CUPID Shuffle
7:30p, Main Stage: SHINING STAR BAND

Sponsored By: The Heinz Endowments, Gateway Health, PNC Bank, CMU, UPMC, S&T Bank, City of Pittsburgh, PA Lottery, Pittsburgh Black McDonald's Owner/Operators, The Meadows Casino, AAA East, The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, First National Bank, Riverside Auto and Solevo Wellness

Juneteenth-Minority Vendors Economic Impact Plaza on Penn and Liberty Avenues between Stanwix Street and Commonwealth Place, June 18-20 and June 24-27

Pittsburgh Black Music Fest at Point State Park 
Thursday, June 24th- Sunday, June 27th 11 am –9 pm Daily:
The Black Music Fest celebrated Black Music Month (June) in America and highlights musical genres initiated by African Americans throughout the country.
The City of Pittsburgh is a world renown hub for Jazz Music and the birthplace of internationally renowned Jazz Artist such as: George Benson. Art Blakey. Stanley Turrentine. Billy Eckstine. Lena Horne. Earl “Fatha” Hines. Roger Humphries. Joe Negri and Ahmad Jamal.
Join Us in Pittsburgh for this celebration of Black Music in America. 
For additional information: https://www.wpajuneteenth.com

DATES: June 21 thru June 27
Daily Start Time: 11am
Daily End Time: 9pm

JUNE 21st-23rd
Main Stage: Local Artist

JUNE 24th
11am-1pm, Main Stage: DJ Set
2p, Main Stage: Nicole Mitchell
3p, Main Stage: Roger Humphreys & RH Factor
5p, Main Stage: GERALD ALBRIGHT & Band
7:30p, Main Stage: ROY AYERS

JUNE 25th
11am-1pm, Main Stage: DJ Set
2p, Main Stage: Nicol Porter
5p, Main Stage: KORYN HAWTHORNE
6p, Main Stage: LASHUN PACE
8p, Main Stage: TYE TRIBBETT

SPECIAL GUEST
7p, Penn Ave Stage: DJ Mannie Fresh

JUNE 26th
10am-12n, Main Stage: DJ Set
12p, Main Stage: Sankofa Dance & Drum Team
3p, Main Stage: KYLMAXX
5p, Main Stage: ROSE ROYCE
7p, Main Stage: Ruff ENDZ
8p, Main Stage: BlackStreet

JUNE 27th
11am-1pm, Main Stage: DJ Set
1p, Main Stage: Kevin Howard Jazz
3p, Main Stage: The BB King Experience
5p, Main Stage: DJ Kid Capri
8p, Main Stage: DWELE

Sponsored By: The Heinz Endowments, Gateway Healthcare, PNC Bank, CMU, UPMC, S&T Bank, City of Pittsburgh, PA Lottery, Pittsburgh Black McDonald's Owner/Operators, The Meadows Casino, AAA East, The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, First National Bank Riverside Auto and Solevo Wellness

Juneteenth –Jubilee Parade, Starting at Freedom Corner (Freedom Corner is located at the corner of Crawford Street and Centre Avenue in Pittsburgh's Hill District neighborhood) the parade will go through Downtown Pittsburgh Saturday June 26th  11 am- 1pm
For additional information: https://www.wpajuneteenth.com
Join in the celebration of the passing of the 13th and 15th Amendments, the right to vote and the end of slavery, respectively, with a reenactment of the 1870 Jubilee of Freedmen Parade in Downtown Pittsburgh!

June 26 brings the festival's now-traditional Juneteenth-Jubilee parade, featuring historical re-enactors and civic groups commemorating an 1870 parade in Pittsburgh that marked the passage of the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave Black men the right to vote. The day also includes events promoting Black voting rights.