Festivals History
Johnson House Historical Site R. Kennedy/Visit Philadelphiaâ„¢

During the 1800s, the Quaker abolitionist Johnson family sheltered Harriet Tubman and hundreds of other runaway enslaved Africans in the attic of their Germantown home. Today the Johnson House Historic Site remains as Philadelphia’s only intact and accessible stop on the Underground Railroad. Visitors can discover the dramatic history that occurred here through original artifacts, furnishings and other items dating back to the 18th century.

June 13, 2017

Head to Germantown for annual Juneteenth Festival

Family-friendly event begins with a parade

The 2017 Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival in Germantown will take place on Saturday, June 17. The annual event celebrates the ending of slavery in the United States.

To begin the festival, there will be a parade from the First Protest Against Slavery historical marker at 5109 Germantown Ave. to the Johnson House at 6306 Germantown Ave.

Mayor Jim Kenney will present opening remarks at 11:30 a.m. on the main stage. This year will be the first time a Philadelphia mayor has attended or presented remarks at the festival.

During the day, the festival will include family-friendly activities. There will be a cultural marketplace, historical re-enactments, a panel discussion, music, food trucks, a beer garden and the Oimah Ammi Children's Village.

The Juneteenth Festival is free to attend. Food, drink and shopping are pay-as-you-go.


2017 Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival

Saturday, June 17
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
6300 block of Germantown Ave.