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Juneteenth Festival

Annual festival in Historic Germantown celebrating African American freedom

Juneteenth Festival

Germantown is an apt place to celebrate the end of slavery. Credit: R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia


June 17, 2017
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Historic Germantown celebrates Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, with its annual Juneteenth Festival on Saturday, June 17.

Hosted by the Johnson House Historic Site, the annual FREE, family-friendly festival features a day of educational activities and entertainment on Germantown Avenue.

The fun starts at 11 a.m. with a Freedom Walk parade along the avenue. The festival continues until 8 p.m.

All throughout the festival, guests can also find shopping from a number of vendors from a historic and cultural marketplace, drinks at an on-site beer garden and exhibits about freedom throughout businesses in the neighborhood. Also in the afternoon, sites like Cliveden, Johnson House, Concord School House and Upper Burying Ground Tours will host live entertainment, tours and performances.

Also enjoy African drumming, praise dancers, historical re-enactments, special exhibits, tours, food, street vendors and much more for the annual Juneteenth Festival.

Liberty to Go to See

As part of Historic Germantown’s Juneteenth programming, the Cliveden teams up with the New Freedom Theatre and Philadelphia Young Playwrights to present Liberty to Go to See, a performance based on the Chew Family Papers which are documents about the Chew family’s plantations and slaves.

Performances are at noon and 3 p.m. with tickets available for $15 per person.

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