Celebrate Emancipation Day

Emancipation Day commemorates the Abolition of Slavery Act, which became law on August 1, 1834. This act freed more than 800,000 people of African descent throughout the British Empire. Since then, Emancipation Day has been celebrated on or near August 1 each year. 

Join us on Sunday, August 1 as we celebrate from 10 am to 8 pm, starting with a flag raising at Ken Whillans Square followed by an opening ceremony and the food festival at Emancipation Park at noon. 

Flag Raising

10 AM | Ken Whillans Square

Join Mayor Brown and Members of Council at the annual flag raising held at Ken Whillans Square in front of City Hall as they bring remarks to guests and stand for the raising of the Caricom flag at 10 am.

Opening Ceremony

12 PM | Emancipation Park (7599 Dixie Road)

Join Mayor Brown and Members of Council as they bring opening remarks to the food festival. Keynote speaker Zanana Akande will introduce the new Passing ​the Torch Awards, and recognize community trailblazers. Presented by the City’s Economic Empowerment and Anti-Black Racism Unit, the newly established Passing the Torch Awards will acknowledge Black young achievers who are making a positive change in the community. The annual Awards will​ bring together Black community trailblazers and Black youth achievers, allowing the trailblazers to “pass on the torch”, symbolizing the path to success. More details about the program are available at Brampton.ca/antiblackracism

This year’s Community Trailblazer honorees are:

  • ​Myrna Adams
  • Abigail Hamilton
  • Mona Walrond
  • Lucinda Sloley
  • Alison Robinson
  • Majorie Taylor
  • Yvonne Squires

Food Festival

12 PM | Emancipation Park ​(7599 Dixie Road)

The inaugural Emancipation Day celebration is expected to attract more than 1,000 residents and tourists throughout the day. This year the celebration promises to be a fun-filled event with free entertainment for the entire family as well as Caribbean foods available to purchase.

​Reserve your table and enjoy the food festival, which will feature six food trucks with music by Pan Fantasy Steelband, DJ Whatsnext and DJ Allan from Musically in Motion taking us through the history of the Caribbean.

In-person Event Rules

  • Each booking permits one primary guest and up to 5 guests. Registrants may be asked for the information of their guests any time prior to, during, or after the event.
  • Each seating is 90 minutes to ensure as many members of the public may enjoy the event.
  • By registering for this event, you are taking responsibility for all guests in your party. Non-registered guests will not be permitted into the seating area.
  • You must arrive no later than 30 minutes after your chosen booking time. (I.e., for a booking of 12:00pm, please arrive no later than 12:30pm). Guests who arrive after the 30-minute grace period will forfeit their table.
  • Please travel among the park with members of your social bubble only.
  • Please adhere to your booking time. Guests will be asked to leave after their booking time has elapsed to allow for sanitization for the following event.
  • Masks must be worn while travelling to different areas of the park. Masks can only be removed when seated at your designated table.
  • No alcohol or marijuana permitted on site.
  • No in and out privileges.
  • Tables will be positioned at a safe social distance. Please do not attempt to move tables. Anyone seen attempting to join tables together will be escorted out of the event.
  • Parking is only permitted in designated parking lots, and will be directed by on-site security.
  • Large vehicles, such as limousines, busses, large trucks, recreational vehicles, and other oversized or modified vehicles are not permitted.
  • The City of Brampton is not liable for loss, injury or damage to any person or vehicle attending the event.
  • Please stay home if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If you are sick or if you have been in contact with someone that is sick, please do not enter event grounds.
  • The abuse of staff will not be tolerated.
  • Anyone who is deemed to not be following the above rules and guidelines will be asked to leave.