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Saturday, June 14, 2014, 12 noon–5 pm

Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Drive,
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774

For more information, call:
301-446-3232; TTY 301-446-6802 dancing

Save the Date! The 7th Annual Juneteenth Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 12 noon-5 pm at Watkins Regional Park. This is a FREE family event open to the public, and will be held rain or shine.

As a part of our ongoing mission to provide exciting and unique cultural programming to county residents, the Juneteenth celebration is a must-attend event and will surely delight all.

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Marking the date that the last enslaved people learned of their freedom, the month of June and the nineteenth day were combined to form the word Juneteenth. 

From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. 
Juneteenth is an official holiday recognized in over 40 states and the District of Columbia.

Call for Storytellers

M-NCPPC's, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division is searching for amateur storytellers of all ages to participate in the American Traditions storytelling tent at the 7th annual Juneteenth Festival.

This year’s theme is Emancipation: Our Own Journey. Participants are encouraged to prepare original stories that explore issues of personal freedom, growth and development. Stories must be family friendly and no longer than five minutes in length.

The tent schedule will be facilitated by master storytellers and poets, and will be videotaped for the Juneteenth festival archive.

For more information, please contact Chelsea M. Reynolds at

For more information, please call
Arts and Cultural Heritage Division
301-446-3232; TTY 301-446-6802

Getting Here

watkins park map Located just minutes from the Capital Beltway.

From the Capital Beltway (I-495), take Exit 15A (Central Avenue) east. Continue for approximately three miles. Turn right onto Watkins Park Drive (Route 193) and follow the park signs to the facility.

From Route 301, turn onto Central Avenue (Route 214) west. Continue for approximately three miles (past Six Flags America). Turn left onto Watkins Park Drive and follow to the park entrance on the right.

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