PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s Welcome America celebration begins Saturday on Juneteenth. The festival is thrilled to be back this year with in-person programming that it says will be done in a responsible way. Last year, Welcome America was all virtual.
Organizers say they’re also excited to have a Juneteenth component to the festivities.READ MORE: Body Found In Northeast Philadelphia Positively Identified As Missing Woman Casey Johnston: Sources
“The African American Museum in Philadelphia will be free of charge all day on June 19 and June 20,” Welcome America CEO Michael DelBene said, “and there’s also going to be two days of incredible programming at AAMP where people can come and experience the museum but also learn more about the Juneteenth holiday and the importance of the Juneteenth holiday in Philadelphia.”
The Welcome America celebration starts earlier this year. It is now 16 days long and runs through the Fourth of July.
Here is a list of other Juneteenth celebrations around the city planned for Saturday.
Broad and Market: A Festiva Experience
City Hall and Love Park
PECO Go 4th& Learn: Juneteenth:
African American Museum in Philadelphia, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
National Constitution Center
Free admission to the museum
Museum of the American Revolution
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Betsy Ross House
Raising of the Juneteenth flag; special programming; free admission for the first 100 people
Juneteenth Festival in Germantown
Hosted by the Johnson House Historic Site, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival
West Philadelphia from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes a Freedom Day march, an exhibit, vendors, culture tours and some virtual events
Juneteenth Celebration at Hatfield House
From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Please Touch Museum
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From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in partnership with the African American Museum of Philadelphia