Juneteenth Festival at Tempe History Museum

Tempe History Museum presents an in-person and virtual Juneteenth Festival on Friday, June 18th from 7-9 p.m. Please join the celebration!

This year’s Juneteenth event will be a hybrid combination of in-person festival at Tempe History Museum and Facebook live-stream of activities happening on the main stage.


Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865 as an important day in U.S. history when enslaved African American people heard about the abolition of slavery. Though the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed in 1863 by Abraham Lincoln, it took 2.5 years for word to reach as far as Galveston, Texas. Juneteenth marks the day when freedom from slavery became a reality for all African Americans in the former Confederate States of America.

Activities Include:

  • Outdoor Stage
    • Pledge of Allegiance
    • Black National Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” This was written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) and set to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954) in 1899
    • Presentation of Proclamations by Mayor Corey Woods for the City of Tempe and by Barry Wong for the State of Arizona
    • Scholarship and other awards will be presented
    • Performances by 5-6 community singers and performers
    • Presentation of “Our Stories” honoring the women who have led the African American Advisory Committee over the years.
    • Juneteenth Star Logo 2021Table Displays and Information
  • Approximately 20 exhibitors with information of interest
  • Juneteenth Star Logo 2021Children’s Hands-On Project
  • Juneteenth Star Logo 2021Fruit Truck and Fruit Bar Vendor
  • Juneteenth Star Logo 2021Hands-on displays inside Tempe History Museum
  • Juneteenth Star Logo 2021Information displays of Black Firefighters of Tempe, Past and Present
  • Juneteenth Star Logo 2021Walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations (provided by Tempe Fire & Rescue)

Please head here for additional info.

Date: Friday, June 18th
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Phone: +14803504311

Source: tempe.gov

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