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Published on May 21, 2024
Scottsdale Amplifies Juneteenth Celebration with Music, Food, and Education at the Performing Arts CenterSource: Google Street View

Scottsdale is gearing up to commemorate Juneteenth with a bang as the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts opens its doors for a celebration of freedom, unity, and resilience on June 15. As reported by the city's official website, the event, pulling the community strings together for a significant historical remembrance, will be rolling from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., with Mayo Clinic stepping in as the main sponsor.

Residents and visitors can expect a full day of activities, both indoor, and outdoor, tailored for folks of all ages. Food enthusiasts will have the chance to dive into a mix of taste bud-tingling eats that pay homage to the cultural roots of Juneteenth. Meanwhile, the air will be humming with live tunes that capture the very spirit of the day.

"We are proud to bring the community together to celebrate Juneteenth, a pivotal moment in our nation’s history," Scottsdale’s Diversity Director Jackie Johnson spoke of the planned festivity's impact, as celebrated every June 19 to mark the liberation of the last remaining enslaved African Americans in Texas back in 1865.

The gathering isn't just a party, it's an educational platform with keynote speakers ready to dish out facts and reflections on the importance of Juneteenth, and let's not forget, a goldmine of wellness resources provided by local entities would be at hand. Kids and adults alike can jump into games, dabble in crafts, and participate in a sea of activities rumored to be quite the family-catch.

Capping off the event are a suite of community stalwarts including HonorHealth as the Equality Sponsor and WillScot Mobile Mini shouldering the Justice Sponsor role. A consortium of Independence and Unity Sponsors like AARP, AXON and the Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus Pine also show their support while AVNET and Renewal by Andersen have jumped on as Ally Sponsors.

For anyone looking to put a stamp on this cultural extravaganza, opportunities to sponsor or set up as a vendor are still up for grabs. The enthusiastic ones out there can fetch more details and get the paperwork rolling through Scottsdale's site. As we inch closer to the date, the buzz is getting louder – Scottsdale's 2024 Juneteenth Celebration seems set to be an event that stitches past to present, sealing it with a promise of a united and equal future.