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Upper Bay Juneteenth Festival 

June 15, 2024

Schedule and Line-up 

Here's a glimpse of our performers and presenters

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Don't miss our explosive opening

Great Bike Giveaway!
 

"Transition to Freedom" Concert

12:15 | Main tent, Don't miss the explosive sounds and performance by our opening act, the African drum and dance troupe, Xaala Mainama, which means "everything that God has given us."

1:00 | Sponsored by Jam Squad, take home a FREE BIKE on a first come basis, while supplies last.
 

4:45 | Main tent, Internationally known, Danton Whitley
and the Singer's Society

 

12:30 | Main tent, Zeno Jones

12:20 | Main tent, The Anointed Ones from Helping Hands Ministries

2:00 | Youth Tent, Balloon Fun with April

4:00 | 5:00 (Two shows) Youth Tent, Magic Show with Steven

1:00 | Michelle Coles, Author talk and book-signing

1:00 | Patricia Williams Dockery, Author talk and book-signing

1:00 | Lorri Reid, Author Talk and book-signing

2:00 | Hosanna, AME Church Play, "Freedom's Eve"

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3:15 | Main Stage
Janice Curtis Greene as Harriet Tubman

4:30 | Museum
Janice Curtis Greene as Mother Mary Lange

 

2:15 | Museum
Brittany Martin as Edmonia Highgate

1:30 | Museum
Dr. Schroeder Cherry and his Puppet Show

2:45 | Genealogy Workshop with the Cupid Paca Descendants

4:00 | N-Step Forward, Teen Financial Literacy
workshop
 

And so much more...
  • Horse Rides by City Ranch

  • Hosanna School Museum

  • Line Dancing

  • Double Dutch

And so much more...
  • Kid's Make-and-Take

  • Craft Vendors

  • Informational Booths

  • Food Trucks

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History of Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19th, 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Union General Gordon Granger announced the end of the war and read General Order No. 3 in Galveston, Texas, which declared that the enslaved were free.

 

The presence of few Union troops in Texas, one of the states that rebelled against the Union, made it difficult to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. General Lee’s surrender in April 1865, along with General Granger’s regiment, provided the necessary influence needed to impose the mandate.

 

Hosanna's Juneteenth Celebrations

The 202Upper Bay Juneteenth Festival is Hosanna’s eighth year hosting a Juneteenth event. After two years of virtual events, we came back strong in 2022 in-person. In 2021  we hosted a virtual program and a hybrid event in 2020 with a mask giveaway and sale. We are glad to be back in person to enjoy the sense of community felt when several organizations come together to make this event possible.

 

Efforts to Recognize Juneteenth 
as a National Holiday

Juneteenth is recognized as a State holiday in 47 of the 50 US states. Maryland legislatures testified in March 2021 to advocate for the passage of HB 0448, which would make Juneteenth a paid State holiday. All State employees would receive the day off, with pay. On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden declared Juneteenth a National Federal Holiday. 

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