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Local Juneteenth Events Flourish This Week

Published on Jun 14, 2022

There has been an increase in Juneteenth celebrations around the country in recent years, and this year the Pasadena area will see more, too.

President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act last year, making it the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Officially the day is on June 19, which falls on Sunday this year.

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.

Here is our guide to notable local events marking Juneteenth 2022.


Pacific Oaks College Juneteenth Celebration
Join the Pacific Oaks College community for a Juneteenth Flag Raising in front of building 45, flag pole

Friday, June 17, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Sponsor: Pacific Oaks College

For more information click here: 


Juneteenth Storytime and Craft

Join Altadena Library in the children’s area to read books, sing songs, and create crafts celebrating Freedom Day for Black Americans. Recommended for preschool – second grade students.

Friday, June 17, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Sponsor: Altadena Library District

For more information call: 626-798-0833

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Juneteenth Celebration

Come out and experience the fun and excitement as attendees celebrate Juneteenth in the City of Pasadena at Robinson Park Recreation Center. Includes free food, live entertainment, inflatable games, spoken word artists, and arts and crafts. Food for purchase also available. 

Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: Free

Sponsor: City of Pasadena

For more information call: 626-744-7311

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Dena Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom 2022
This year’s theme will focus on Unity, Liberty and Peace in the communities. It will be a jam-packed day of cultural activities, live R&B / Hip-Hop artist, Gospel singers and other energizing performances 

Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Sponsor: Pasadena, Altadena, SGV

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Juneteenth Open Mic (Virtual Event)

This is your chance to support black-owned businesses!

Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Juneteenth Celebration 2022 “In the Spirit of Ellen Garrison Clark”
In 2021, the Altadena Historical Society commemorated the life of Ellen Garrison Clark, a 19th Century Civil Rights Activist and created a Scholarship Fund in her name. In her honor, this year, the Altadena Historical Society will award the Inaugural $1,000 scholarship to a 2022 John Muir High School graduating senior at the Altadena Juneteenth Celebration. 

Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Sponsor: Altadena Historical Society, Altadena Library, Shappo’s Environmental, Inc.

For more information call: 626-644-6760

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