Delaware County Hosts June 19th Celebration June 19 at Rose Tree Park
Delaware County will be hosting a June 19 celebration from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 19 at Rose Tree Park, located at 1671 N. Providence Rd, Media, PA. The celebration, organized by the Delaware County Council, the Delaware County Veterans Memorial Association and Taylor Made Vets will feature live music, artistic performances from local schools, vendors, food and more.
“We are thrilled to host the county‘s first annual June 19 celebration at Rose Tree Park,” said Delaware County Council President Dr. Monica Taylor. “This free, family-friendly event gives our residents the opportunity to celebrate a milestone in history. June 19 is a day for residents to celebrate the end of slavery in the United States and an opportunity for our entire community to learn more about African American history, which will contribute to a better understanding of the experiences who have shaped African Americans and our country. .”
Delaware County’s Juneteenth Celebration will feature signature performances by Dell-P and the Children of Adam Band, as well as artistic performances by local students. The celebration will also feature some of Delaware County’s local business owners selling art, jewelry, crafts and more, various food trucks, and resources from local organizations across the county. . The event is free for residents of all ages and will take place rain or shine.
The county held a Juneteenth logo contest and invited students across the county to submit original artwork to be included in the county’s official Juneteenth celebration flyer. Congratulations to Zionna Stansbur of Showalter’s STEM Academy located in Chester for being selected as the winner of the Juneteenth Celebration logo design!
Prior to the celebration at Rose Tree Park, the Delaware County Veterans Memorial Association and Taylor Made Vets will hold a ceremony June 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the Delaware County Veterans Memorial located at 4599 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA.
Various organizations and municipalities also organize the June 19 celebrations:
City of Chester
When: Saturday, June 18 from noon to 6 p.m.
Where: Memorial Park – 2300 W. 7th St., Chester, PA
Details: Live music, food, crafts, basketball tournament, dance competition, health fair, and more.
Arrondissement of Darby:
When: Saturday, June 18 from 9:00 a.m.
Where: 1022 Ridge Ave., Darby, Pennsylvania
Details: Flag raising at 9:00 a.m., followed by food distribution and a wellness lounge.
When: Saturday, June 18 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Lansdowne Landing Park – 30 N Lansdowne Ave, Lansdowne, PA.
Details: flag raising at 2:00 p.m., community celebration from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with live music, children’s entertainment, food and more.
Upper Township of Chichester:
When: Friday, June 17 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Parade location and route will be released soon.
Details: parade, music, food, games and rewards
More information about local events on June 19 will be added to the county’s website:
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and announced the end of the Civil War and slavery. General Granger’s announcement put into effect the Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President Abraham Lincoln, who had legally freed slaves on January 1, 1863, nearly 2½ years earlier. Many slaves, especially in Texas and other southwestern states, were not told about the Emancipation Proclamation until General Granger’s announcement.
The holiday received its name by combining June and 19. The day is also sometimes referred to as “June 19 Independence Day”, “Freedom Day”, or “Emancipation Day”.