The Annual Juneteenth Celebration is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. From it’s Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.
AAHSA coordinated the event from 1996 to 2004 and we partnered with the Municipality and other community organizations for the 2005 celebration. We successfully converted the celebration into a “Community Diversity Celebration” in 2005 with the help of the Municipality of Anchorage. In 2007 we came back to the Park Strip. We forsee a great event in 2008 for the entire community.
We invite all cultures from our community to participate. Our celebration has a free admission and entertainment format that has gained National recognition over the years. AAHSA will be hosting the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Convention September 20, 2008 at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel!
The State of Alaska declared the third Saturday of June as “Juneteenth Day” on March 26, 2001. Our celebration is designed to provide the Anchorage community, especially our youth, with the opportunity to experience our community diversity in song, dance, poetry, story telling and religion as well as give them job, education, and career opportunities..
We have extended our celebration this year with a little bit of something for everyone! Here is a short overview of the weekend events beginning June 13, 2008 and ending on June 15, 2008. We will continue the celebration observance with a Miss Juneteenth Pageant on June 19th and holding our 1st Annual Juneteenth Parade & Walk for Sickle Cell Research Fundraiser.
June 13th-15th at the Delaney Park Strip (on K and L Streets)
COME BACK AFTER APRIL 1, 2008 FOR EVENT DETAILS!
June 19th at the Anchorage Museum (121 W. 7th Avenue)
Miss Juneteenth Pageant
June 21st Juneteenth Parade beginning at the Fairview Rec Center & ending at Pete’s Gym (9th & E)COME BACK AFTER APRIL 1, 2008 FOR EVENT DETAILS!
This event is open to the entire community. The times of operation are 1pm to 10pm on Friday & Saturday and 2pm-8pm on Sunday. Please feel free to contact us for more information. See you there!
DIRECTIONS TO THE PARK AREA
Go down 9th Avenue towards downtown from Ingra, after you pass the light on G Street, look to the left and you”ll see the flag pole, we are between K Street and L Street at the base of the pole.