City of Pasadena Celebrates Juneteenth



Lisa Derderian, Pasadena Public Information Officer, City Manager’s Office

(626) 744-4755,

PASADENA, Calif.—Join the City of Pasadena Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and Pasadena’s Black History Month Committee for our 14th annual Juneteenth celebration Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Juneteenth commemorates the effective end of slavery in the United States (two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation the news reached Texas and upon learning of the abolition of slavery the former slaves immediately began celebrating with prayer, feasting, song and dance). It is now a day to reflect and celebrate African American history and culture.

This free, family-friendly Juneteenth celebration will feature drummers and dancers from the Alkebulan Cultural Center, live music provided by Luv From Abuv, spoken word performed by Pasadena City College students, arts and crafts with Armory Center for the Arts, line dancing, inflatable games and much more. Free hotdogs, drinks and snacks will be available while they last and three food trucks will provide food for purchase.

Representatives from five historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) -- Hampton University, Howard University, Morehouse College, Paul Quinn College and Tuskegee University, and two local higher ed institutions, Pasadena City College and Pacific Oaks College, will be on site providing enrollment information.

Come meet new friends or reconnect with old ones as we celebrate Juneteenth.

Live coverage will air on the City’s government TV channel, KPAS, channel 3 for Charter subscribers and channel 99 for AT&T U-verse subscribers.

Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit us online at follow us on Twitter at @PasadenaGov, and Instagram and Facebook at @CityOfPasadena; or call the Citizen Service Center Monday through Friday during business hours at (626) 744-7311.