Juneteenth Celebration

In 2023 the Juneteenth Celebration will take place at Les Getz Memorial Park on June 17th! 


The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is seeking residents interested in volunteering to assist with the planning and execution of this year's Juneteenth Celebration. Email the DEI Committee for more information and to volunteer. 


In order to put on this high-quality, community-wide celebration, we need sponsors of all levels! Please consider how you and your business can take part in this important celebration. To become a sponsor, please complete our SPONSORSHIP FORM.


Your business has the opportunity to take part in this historic celebration! Registration is just $25. To become a Juneteenth Vendor, please complete the VENDOR FORM and mail your $25 check no later than June 1, 2023 in order to reserve your vendor space.

If you would like to contact someone directly with any sponsorship, donation, or vendor questions, please email: Weldianne Scales or Angela Stribling or Shawn Alfonso-Wells.

History of Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, more than two years after President Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, word of emancipation finally reached a group of slaves in Galveston, Texas freeing them from bondage. Since the late 19th century, Black Americans have celebrated Juneteenth as a celebration of freedom. 

Swissvale was one of the first boroughs in Allegheny County to recognize Juneteenth as an official holiday in June of 2019. In 2020, the Borough approved Resolution 20-10 recognizing it as an annual day of celebration in Swissvale. 

Thank you to our 2023 Juneteenth Corporate Sponsors! 

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Juneteenth art

Photo Above: 2021 artwork by Angela Ford

Juneteenth Original Art Work

Photo Above: 2021 artwork by Tyland Chambers