NEWS

The 2021 Valley of the Sun Juneteenth Festival has the clearance to operate at Eastlake Park! Your official Phoenix celebration is back!

 

While Juneteenth draws thousands of attendees each year, the health and safety of our attendees, volunteers and community partners is our highest priority. The heart of our decision is centered on you, our Festival attendees, and ensuring we can collectively remain strong and connected in the years ahead. 

 

Mark your calendar for June 19, 2021. Some virtual programming will complement the festivities. For questions or concerns, please contact info@phxjuneteenth.com.

Show your support by ordering a Juneteenth T-shirt

To combat COVID-19, the Festival Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Juneteenth Festival at Eastlake Park in Phoenix. The Valley of the Sun Juneteenth Festival slated for June 13 has been cancelled because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and uncertainty about the return of large public gatherings. Festival organizers announced the decision early May.  

 

While Juneteenth draws thousands of attendees each year, the health and safety of our attendees, volunteers and community partners is our highest priority. The heart of our decision is centered on you, our Festival attendees, and ensuring we can collectively remain strong and connected in the years ahead. 

 

We are excited to announce the date for 2021. Please mark your calendar for June 19, 2021. But also stay tuned for announcements of some virtual programming so as not let 2020 pass without celebrating this historic event. Until then, stay safe and stay healthy! For questions or concerns, please contact info@phxjuneteenth.com.

The Juneteenth Celebration commemorates the date – June 19, 1865 – when the slaves in Galveston, Texas, first received word of the Emancipation Proclamation abolishing slavery, which was originally issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863.

 

You can still show your support by ordering a Juneteenth T-shirt

Congress Urged To Send Juneteenth Legislation To President Trump For Signature 

 

Washington, D.C. (June 17, 2020) – A press conference is scheduled for 11am June 17, 2020, at at First Baptist Church of Sterling, 21449 Potomac View Road, Sterling, Va., 20165 by the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)  to urge Congress to send President Donald Trump legislation amending SJR 45 2012 , Chapter 1, Part A, Subtitle I, Title 36 of U. S. Code 36, to include Juneteenth as a National Day of Observance. 

 

NJOF president Steven Williams says, “Now more than ever Juneteenth is needed and demanded by the people. Juneteenth National Freedom Day, along with the 4th of July Independence Day, completes the "cycle of freedom" for America's Independence Day observances.  Juneteenth commemoration brings balance to America’s freedom celebrations."

The National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) has advocated for the recognition of Juneteenth Freedom Day for more than 25 years. NJOF has been instrumental in the passage of 43 Juneteenth bills in 47 states and the District of Columbia.  Juneteenth National Freedom Day is the most recognized African American holiday observance in the United States.

Juneteenth National Freedom Day commemorates the first day of the celebration of freedom in America for all Americans, and the last known celebration for the end of slavery in the nation. 

The Juneteenth Story

Juneteenth is the realization of the freedom legislations. It is the actualization of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th amendment.

 

June 19, 1862             Slavery outlawed in US territories by Congress, Chapter CXI.

June 19, 1863             Pennsylvania Abolitionist Society enforce the Emancipation order

June 19, 1863             Orders to authorize the formation of the USCT

June 19, 1865             U.S.C.T. 29th & 31st in Galveston, TX or General Order #3

                                    June 14, 1866 - Treaty with Five Civilized Tribes ended slavery

                                    in Oklahoma signed, the end of slavery in the nation

June 19, 1964             Civil Rights Act of 1964 survived an 83 day filibuster in Senate

June 19, 1968             Poor People’s Campaign Solidarity Day March, Washington D.C.