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June 19 2023



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“We envision this event becoming a preeminent destination for celebrating Juneteenth in the state of Maryland and the DMV. Even more importantly, we believe the community connections from growing this Festival will help to improve lives and foster greater understanding in the years ahead.” 

LaTisha Gasaway-Paul

Festival Chairperson &

fifth-generation resident of Scotland.

Celebrating the past and present of the first places African-Americans owned land in Montgomery County, the Scotland community of Potomac, Md., is announcing a significant expansion of our annual Scotland Juneteenth Heritage Festival for 2023.


Featuring a children’s carnival and music performance, as well as art exhibitions, food, sports, and presentations on Black history in this region, the events for the federal holiday on Monday, June 19, will be spread across the Cabin John Regional Park, Cabin John Village, and the Scotland community on Seven Locks Road.

The Scotland Juneteenth Heritage Festival will begin the evening of June 17 with a Motown musical celebration at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Club and conclude on June 19 with the Scotland Freedom Day Concert at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. A highlight of the weekend will be the second-annual Clarence “Pint” Isreal Juneteenth Classic hosted by Bethesda Big Train Baseball at Povich Field on June 19 at 7 p.m. The game honors Isreal, a Rockville resident who became a star of the Negro Leagues in the 1940s.


The Festival will also feature a 5K run, other Health & Wellness initiatives, as well as a classic car show. Other attractions will include presentations on social justice and faith communities.


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James Brown,

Juneteenth Master of Ceremonies

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Cabin John Regional Park

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Shirley Povich Field

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