MILWAUKEE–“Standing on the Promise” is the theme of the Juneteenth Day Parade and Festival taking place on Monday, June 19. This year’s parade steps off at 9:00 a.m. from North 19th and West Atkinson Avenue and proceeding to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
The Juneteenth Day Festival takes from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on King Drive between Center and Burleigh Streets. The Festival features numerous vendors from food to toys, along with community organizations sharing helpful resources for residents of all ages.
Juneteenth Day is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. The world-wide event, dating back to June 1865 began when the Union soldiers, landed at Galveston Texas with the news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Milwaukee’s Juneteenth Day event is now in its 46th year and is organized by the Northcott Neighborhood House.
Northcott’s mission is to support family stability, provide educational and recreational programs for youth, lessen neighborhood tensions, combat community deterioration, and provide various social services for the residents of Harambee and surrounding neighborhoods. Visit Juneteenthdaymilwaukee.com for more information