The YMCA Celebrates Juneteenth


Wilmington, Delaware – The YMCA of Delaware is inviting the community to celebrate Juneteenth at any of their Delaware locations. On Monday, June 19th, all branches will be open to the community for free. Guests are welcome to stop in to work out in the fitness center, swim in the indoor pool, try a free group exercise class and more. Each location will also honor the holiday with special activities and events. Learn more at


  • Walnut Street YMCA: Saturday, June 17th, 12 – 4 p.m.
    Family-friendly event featuring fun activities for all ages, including live music, dancing, games, and delicious food
  • Bear-Glasgow YMCA: Monday, June 19th, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Crafts and snacks in the lobby
  • Western Family YMCA: Monday, June 19th, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Performances, vendors, food trucks, inflatable, raffles, crafts and games
  • Middletown YMCA: Monday, June 19th, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    Crafts in the Kids Zone; 1 p.m. walking activity
  • Dover YMCA – Monday, June 19th, 6:15 p.m.
    Special Zumba class with Kyle
  • Sussex Family YMCA – Monday, June 19th, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    • 11 a.m. Juneteenth Presentation featuring State Representative Stell Parker Selby, YMCA of Delaware CEO Jarrett Royster, YMCA of Delaware Association Board Chair Enid Wallace-Simms
    • 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. BBQ cookout (ends at 1 p.m.), games & Moonbounce in the backyard
    • 1 – 3 p.m. Open Swim

“Juneteenth is a time to commemorate the suffering and perseverance of African Americans throughout history, to celebrate how far we’ve come as a country, and to remember the injustices and struggles Black Americans have faced and overcome,” said YMCA of Delaware CEO Jarrett Royster. “American history has had some ugly chapters. It’s up to us to be the change and ensure we’re always moving forward. The YMCA is committed to serving as a beacon of hope for all people, and we will continue to fight for equity for all.”

The YMCA of Delaware is an inclusive organization open to all people regardless of ability, age, background, ethnicity/race, faith, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. For more than 165 years, the Y has played a central role in knitting together the vibrant fabric of America. There have been times of peace and times of conflict, times of unity and times of discord. Through it all, our democracy has persevered, and the Y has been a safe, welcoming place for people from all backgrounds.

About the YMCA of Delaware

The YMCA of Delaware is Delaware’s largest nonprofit organization committed to empowering youth, fostering healthy living, and promoting strong communities. With seven branches statewide, a youth resource center, and an overnight camp and conference center in Worton, Maryland, the Y has developed longstanding relationships and a physical presence in Delaware so it can deliver lasting personal and social change. We are committed to serving everyone – regardless of age, income or background –nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving Delaware’s health and wellbeing, and creating a healthy, inclusive community where all people reach their full potential.

Our Mission

To empower youth, foster healthy living, and promote strong communities.