Delaware County Hosts June 19 Celebration at Rose Tree Park – Delco Times

A Juneteenth logo.

UPPER PROVIDENCE — Delaware County will host a June 19 celebration, from 1 to 5 p.m., on Sunday, June 19, at Rose Tree Park, 1671 N. Providence Road, Upper Providence. 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. This free, family-friendly event will give residents the opportunity to celebrate a milestone in history. Juneteenth is a day for residents to celebrate the end of slavery in the United States and an opportunity for the whole community to learn more about African American history, which will contribute to a better understanding of the experiences that have shaped African Americans and the 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. Zionna Stansbur from Showalter’s STEM Academy located in Chester has been 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 a.m. at the Delaware County Veterans Memorial located at 4599 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square.

Other organizations and municipalities organize the June 16 celebrations:

City of Chester

Chester will host a June 19 celebration, from noon to 6 p.m., on Saturday, June 18, at Memorial Park, 2300 W. Seventh St., Chester. The event will feature live music, food, crafts, a basketball tournament, dance competition, health fair, and more.

Arrondissement of Darby:

Darby’s June 19 celebration will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 18 at 1022 Ridge Ave., Darby, with a flag raising, followed by a food and wellness giveaway.

Kennet Square

To commemorate Juneteenth throughout the region, Voices Underground will present “An Evening with Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr.,” featuring the author, scholar, and political commentator, from 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 17, at the Open Air Theater of Longwood Gardens. in Kennet Square.

Glaude is the chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, as well as the author of the New York Times bestseller, “Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own.” . It will focus on the urgent need to continue Juneteenth’s freedom work and the ways in which this work can continue.

The discussion will be moderated by Director and Founder of Natural Inclination LLC, Dr. Amber Sessoms, who strives to help courageous leaders cultivate spaces of release for individuals to be fully and authentically themselves.

The presentation will begin with a performance by jazz drummer and composer Kendrick Scott. Known for giving his music a deeper meaning, he will lead the Kendrick Scott Trio, made up of two equally powerful musicians, Melissa Aldana on sax and Vicente Archer on bass.
After the discussion, guests are encouraged to stay and stroll through the gardens and end the evening with the illuminated Freedom Fountain show at 9:15 p.m. In honor of Juneteenth, this fountain is a tribute to the end of slavery in the United States and recognizes the themes of freedom, hope and strength.

Voices Underground seeks to increase exposure to the history of the Underground Railroad through creative partnerships, scholarly research, public experiences and historical commemorations. His vision is to heal the American racial imagination through exposure to the truth of American racial history.

In partnership with the PA Tourism Office, Voices Underground works together to present a range of programs and public events that honor the courage and commitment of residents, past and present, to freedom and equality for all .

Tickets for this event are sold by Voices Underground. The cost is $25 and includes admission to the gardens all day. For more information, visit


Lansdowne will be hosting a June 16 Community Celebration from 2-7 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 at Lansdowne Landing Park, 30 N Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne. The flag raising will take place at 2:00 p.m., followed by live music, children’s entertainment, food and more from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


The NAACP Media Youth Council will sponsor a celebration on June 19, in partnership with the Borough of Media and the Heritage Park Committee, to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States and celebrate the rich history and traditions of the African Americans in the media. , from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at Heritage Park, Fifth and Broomall Streets, Media. It is a free event.

The celebration will be a fun afternoon for all ages that will include live musical performances by local talent, spoken word, trivia, crafts, live yoga demonstration, local community organizations and powerful lyrics local community leaders. Everyone is welcome.

Lower Providence

The Community Arts Centre, 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, will host a June 19 celebration with Bert Harris as part of its Friday Night Live, 7-9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 17. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is BYOB and attendees can also bring their own food, but pets are not allowed. The Friday Night Live series is presented by PNC Bank.

The special presentation is hosted by Bert Harris, who will work with a team of performing artists to present an uplifting evening of music, poetry and dance rooted in the African American experience. Harris is a beloved bassist and songwriter from Philadelphia who has performed in jazz, blues and world music ensembles in the region for over 40 years.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the CAC office. Attendance is limited. This concert will take place outdoors, weather permitting. In case of rain, it will be held indoors in the large art gallery. If you are outdoors, guests are asked to bring their own lawn/camping chairs to sit on. If indoors, seating is provided including tables and concert-style seating in rows. Seating locations selected are on a first-come, first-served basis. For tickets, call 610-566-1713 or visit

philadelphia cream

Launched locally in 2016, the Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade and Festival has become a one-day event, this year starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 19. This year, participants can head to West Philadelphia for a parade, starting at 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue, including nonprofits, dance groups, schools, floats, bands and more. The celebration continues at Malcolm X Park with local merchants, food vendors, art exhibits and COVID-19 testing and vaccination.
For more information on the parade and festival, as well as other events in Philadelphia to celebrate Juneteenth, visit

Upper Township of Chichester:

Upper Chichester will hold its celebration on June 19, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 17, at Twin Oaks Playground, Arlington Avenue and Belvue Terrace. The event will include a parade, live music, food and games for the whole family.


The Chester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Nile Swim Club will host a special outdoor screening of the documentary, “We Been Here,” from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 17, at the Nile Swim Club, 513 S. Union Ave. ., Yeadon. The 75-minute feature film was created by members of the Chester Alumnae Chapter and highlights the untold story of Delaware County’s black residents. It features interviews, photos and other footage regarding the important contributions of Black Delco residents.
The film screening will include a Q&A with local residents and filmmakers, music, vendors, a swim club tour, photo opportunities, children’s activities, and a fellowship opportunity to create new memories with family and friends. The concession stand will also be open.

This is just one of many events over the June 19 weekend organized by Chester (PA) Alumnae Chapter. For more information, visit For more information on the Nile Swim Club, visit:
For more information about the event and the film, email [email protected]

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