JOHNSTOWN ― Multiple events are scheduled in downtown Johnstown through June 19 to celebrate the Juneteenth holiday, which recognizes the official end of slavery in the United States. 

All the events are held in Central Park, except for a music festival Saturday at Peoples Natural Gas Park. All of the events are free and open to the public. 

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Here is the listing of Juneteenth events in Johnstown, according to a schedule posted at the Johnstown Branch of the NAACP’s Facebook page:

Friday, June 14 

  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., farmers market in the park, DJ Zay Brick and voter registration by the NAACP 
  • 2 to 4 p.m., roundtable on Black voter empowerment by Black Voters Matter and Todd Holsopple, Democratic Party 
  • 2 to 4 p.m., face painting by Simplicity’s Wonderful World 
  • 3 to 4 p.m., Mama Enee African storyteller 
  • 5 p.m., Bollywood dancing 
  • 6 to 8 p.m., Music at the Gazebo 
  • 9 to 11 p.m., Movie night featuring “Kung Fu Panda 4,” with free popcorn, drinks and hot dogs provided. Those who plan to attend should bring along a chair or blanket for seating. Movie night is sponsored by H4J and the Republican Party, Jackie Kulback.

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Saturday, June 15 

Juneteenth Music Celebration at Peoples Natural Gas Park, 90 Johns St. Gates open at 12:30 p.m., with free admission. Music starts at 1 p.m. and continues throughout the day, various artists participating; see the list at jaha.org/events/juneteenth-music-celebration-4/. Food vendors and merchandise vendors attending as well. A bouncy house and water slide will be provided for the kids. A benefit by and for the Johnstown Branch of the NAACP and Flood City Youth Fitness Academy.  

Vendor booths are set up and a variety of activities are taking place in Johstown's Central Park from June 13-19 during the annual Juneteenth celebration.

Sunday, June 16 

Church in the Park, at Central Park 

  •  Noon to 2 p.m., gospel music 
  • 2 to 6 p.m.: Johnstown Community Gospel Choir, led by Rev. Brandon King and Deacon Jeffrey Wilson; dance ministry by Jasmine LaRue; remarks by Rev. Antionette Allen and music by Rev. Dr. Henry Davis 

Monday, June 17 

  • 1 to 3 p.m., roundtable discussion by Kevin Mearkle and Underground Railroad presentation 
  • 3 to 4 p.m., book signing 
  • 4 to 6 p.m., Shantell Lewis from York, PA 
  • 6 to 8 p.m., music by The Winstons, from Washington, D.C., including their hit song “Color Him Father” 

Tuesday, June 18 

  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., health fair 
  • Noon to 2 p.m., DJ Moe Be 
  • Noon to 4 p.m., Communiteams kids’ activities 
  • 2 to 4 p.m., balloons by Simplicity’s Wonderful World 
  • 3 to 4 p.m., Mama Enee African storyteller 
  • 4 p.m, Kulani dance group 
  • 4:30 to 6 p.m., DJ Moe Be 
  • 6 to 8 p.m., Music by The Egress (jazz group) 

Wednesday, June 19 

  • Noon to 1 p.m., third annual Juneteenth parade starts at Sargent’s Stadium at the Point and travels up Main Street, ending at Clinton St.  
  • 1 p.m., Juneteenth proclamation by Johnstown Mayor Frank Janakovic 
  • 1 to 2:30 p.m., Heroes’ Alley service honoring Black veterans with speaker Artie Lightfoot, Sr., a solo performance by Darlene Seals and a Fallen Soldier Table exhibit 
  • 2:30 p.m., a Juneteenth group photo will be taken (participants are encouraged to wear their “I Am Juneteenth” T-shirts) 
  • 3 p.m., raffle drawings 
  • 4 to 6 p.m., a performance by Ibeji Drum Ensemble from Pittsburgh 
  • 6 to 8 p.m., music by The Palovations from Baltimore