Watch highlights from the first annual “Festival of Freedom” held at Glen Echo Park on June 25, 2023:
From June 17-25, the festival kicked off with a Juneteenth celebration in Kensington, MD on Saturday, June 17. Beginning on Sunday, June 18, Washington Revels hosted artists every day at noon on Carpe Diem’s Daily Antidote of Song. On Monday, June 19, Washington Revels Jubilee Voices presented an outdoor concert in Alexandria, VA–Singing the Journey: Juneteenth Joy. On Tuesday, June 20, Montgomery History hosted “Voices of History and Hope: The Past and Future of Juneteenth in Montgomery County,” bringing together a panel of local leaders to discuss their work to preserve and promote Montgomery County’s African American history through community, agriculture, film, and the arts. On Wednesday, June 21, we celebrated Juneteenth in song at Carpe Diem’s virtual Community Sing (on Zoom or Facebook). Arlington Library hosted a conversation on Thursday, June 22 featuring renowned author Imani Perry, preceded by a musical presentation by Washington Revels Heritage Voices. Jazz Night in D.C. at Westminster Presbyterian Church featured a tribute to Freddie Hubbard on Friday, June 23. And, on Saturday, June 24 and 25, the Daily Antidote of Song was live from Glen Echo Park!
On Sunday, June 25, our celebration concluded with a family-friendly Festival of Freedom, starting with a symbolic procession into Glen Echo Park and commemorative Carousel ride (and rides throughout the day!).