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Jun 15
Saturday, Jun 15
@ 12:00 pm
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park
Coal St.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

The Wilkes-Barre branch of the NAACP announces that the third annual Juneteenth celebration will be held on Saturday June 15th at Martin Luther King Junior Park on Coal Street in the city. The event starts at noon and wraps up at 5pm.

Juneteenth, officially Juneteenth National Independence Day, is a federal holiday in the United States. It is celebrated annually on June 19 to commemorate the ending of slavery. The local branch has selected the weekend before the actual date to accommodate families and out-of-town visitors who have joined the city of Wilkes-Barre in observance of this day.

The holiday’s name is a combination of the words “June” and “nineteenth”, as it was on June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger ordered the final enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas at the end of the American Civil War.

This year’s event will feature family-oriented activities, music, great food as well as musical entertainment, food vendors and prizes. An added attraction this year will also be a fashion show complete with runway and models. The show will center on contemporary styles for not only African American women but attendees who would like to keep track of fashion forward trends.