Celebrate the Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation at this weekend’s Juneteenth Festival

By Alyssa Green

Join thousands of Sacramentans this weekend in celebrating the anniversary of the end of slavery.  From the end of the Civil War on June 19th, 1865, the  day has been observed in the U.S. as the African American Emancipation Day.  The Juneteenth Festival this weekend (June 17-18, 2011) will be at William Land Park and promises to bring people of all backgrounds, both young and old, together for this special commemoration.  There will be music, entertainment, a talent show and food.  Here is what’s happening specifically for kids on Saturday:

Juneteenth Parade at 11 am – come see the Juneteenth parade, motorcycles , marching bands, low riders, marchers, clowns and much more.

Radio Disney will be on site from noon to 2pm – promoting going green with interactive games, radio show contest, gift bags, giveaways  &  live broadcast.

Children’s Area, noon to 6pm  – arts and crafts,  jump houses, interactive games , magician , face painting etc.

Fishing Derby, noon to 4pm – Catfish will be pumped into the pond across from the Sacramento Zoo and the Fishing derby will begin at noon.  Bait and poles will be supplied and instructors on hand by the Department of Fish and Game.  This is a great opportunity for kids to learn how to fish…and have fun!

So pack up your whole family and head on over to William Land Park to join in on the celebration of freedom at Sacramento’s Juneteenth Festival.


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