1:45pm Artist TBA
4pm Howard Wiley
5:45pm Artist TBA
The SJZ Boombox Truck will be one of the two stages at this year’s Juneteenth in the Park Festival. Come out with the family and celebrate this historic day with live music performances on the Boombox stage.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. 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. Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.
This is the African American Community Service Agency’s 37th year producing the Juneteenth in the Park Festival in San Jose with the partnership of our fiscal agency, Joyner Payne Youth Service Agency. Over the 37 years, the San Jose Juneteenth has an average over 10,000 people and entertainment has ranged from artist like Case, Jaguar Wright, Jon B., Reuben Studdard to groups like the Drifters with a wide range of local artists from rap/hip hop to R&B, gospel and jazz. A wide variety of food, art work, retailers, community services and local business has always been a major drawing card for the event. Their festivals always embrace educating the community on a diversity of information ranging from health to educational and financial wealth. They are a family-oriented festival with a variety of activities suitable for all ages.