June 17, 2021 in central Pennsylvania: BBQs, exhibitions, parades and more
Juneteenth is the oldest known holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. It is traditionally celebrated on June 19, the day Union soldiers in 1865 told enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas that the Civil War was over and they were free.
It is also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day. Traditional celebrations during the day include parades, concerts, Emancipation Proclamation readings, and other events.
Here’s a look at some of the Juneteenth-related events planned for the central Pennsylvania region this weekend:
- READ MORE: What is Juneteenth? Holiday commemorates the end of slavery in the United States
The first annual Central Pa. Juneteenth Father’s Day rain or shine at noon on June 20 at Soldier’s Grove State Capitol, 531-559 Commonwealth Ave., Harrisburg. The event will feature a father-son basketball tournament, a prostate cancer walk, food trucks, live performances and more.
Young color professionals will hold its fourth edition June 17th celebration over two days. It begins with a restaurant crawl at 6:30 p.m. on June 18. Participants are to meet at Ad Lib Kitchen and Craft Bar, 1 N. Second St., Harrisburg. Those who solve eight clues can win $ 100. A free downtown Harrisburg discovery walk will then begin at noon on June 19 at La Cultura, 214 Verbeke St., Harrisburg. Finally, a free barbecue will be held at 5 pm on June 19 at Hurston Manor, 315 S. Front St., Harrisburg. Tickets for the restaurant tour cost $ 18 and can be purchased online.
A voter engagement event will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 19 at Christ Lutheran Church, 124 S. 13th St., Harrisburg. In addition to helping people in the neighborhood register to vote, there will also be celebrations related to June 17, including commemorative gifts.
Afro Beats and Eats, a fitness workshop will be held from 10 am to 2 pm on June 19 at Rescue Fire Co. 37, 3701 N. Sixth St., Harrisburg. The event for all ages includes raffles, prizes and a catered lunch. Tickets cost $ 20.
A June 17th celebration will be held from 1 pm to 3 pm on June 19 at Memorial Park, 149 W. Penn St., Carlisle. There will be music, vendors and ice cream. COVID-19 vaccinations will also be offered by the Sadler Health Center.
A Southern York County Observance will be held at 6:30 pm on June 18 at Christ St. Paul United Church, 205 W. Main St., Dallastown.
Celebrate June 17 will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the York County History Center, 250 E. Market St., York. The event will focus on two exhibits highlighting the challenges and achievements of African Americans in York County. Conferences-exhibitions guided by Ophélie Chambliss will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
A June 17th celebration will be held at 6 pm outside Union Lutheran Church, 408 W. Market St., York. The event will feature free food, music, arts, history, free clothing, pantry access, games and more.
A Car parade on June 17th, will run from noon to 3 p.m., from the parking lot at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, 750 E. King St., Lancaster. Cars are to line up at noon with window paint or decorations. The caravan will start at 12:40 p.m.
YWCA Lancaster will present Black artist job June 17-19 at various locations in Lancaster. The program is designed to feature black artists in the visual, performance or spoken word fields, highlighting the breath of creativity in our community. Scheduled events include:
- Visual artist Gerri McCritty will give a public lecture at noon on June 18 at the Lancaster Museum of Art – Grubb Mansion, 135 N. Lime St., Lancaster
- Visual artists Shelby and Jordan Wormley will take a walking tour of an exhibition featuring images from the Black Lives Matter event which took place in Lancaster in 2020 at 6 p.m. on June 17 at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, 204 N. Prince Street, Lancaster.
- Filmmaker Nathan Gadsden will show two of his films in Pocket Park, Fremont and Filbert, Lancaster streets at 8 p.m. on June 18 and 19. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.
- Performance artist Grace Berry will present an interactive performance to understand how watermelon uplifts the spirit of black life in the African Diaspora at noon on June 19 at Reservoir Park, on North Franklin and East King streets, and at 3 p.m. June 19 at Noon Crystal Parc, First Street, Lancaster. A circle of drummers will take place 30 minutes before each performance. All drummers are welcome.
The TCP Laughs Juneteenth Comedy Show takes place at 8 p.m. on June 19 at the Zoetropolis Theater, 112 Water St., Lancaster. Tickets cost $ 25. Performers include Ngoc Bui, Kirk Griffiths, JBRE, Thunda Katt and DJ Loid Hv Mercy.
A June 17th parade will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. on June 19 in Gettysburg. Participants are to meet at Plowmans Cidery on Lincoln Square. The parade will then descend Baltimore Street to Breckenridge Street, then Washington Street, High Street, Franklin Street and Long Lane, ending at the Gettysburg Area Recreation Authority 545 Long Lane, Gettysburg.