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Join the Annual Peterbug Celebrations

It’s the Second Annual Peterbug Day 5k sponsored by the Fulcrum Foundation. The event is both A celebration of the DC Historic Landmark Designation and Juneteenth.

Every year in June, the corner of  E Street &  Peterbug Matthews Way SE comes alive to celebrate the contribution of John “Peterbug” Matthews and the remembrance of Juneteenth. This year, we add to our celebration the designation of the Peterbug Academy as a contributing landmark in Capitol Hill, thanks to the preservation efforts of former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson who donated the land to the District where the Peterbug Academy now sits. The event will honor her contribution with a planting ceremony in conjunction with the Lady Bird Johson’s Wildflower Center.

Peterbug Shoe Academy was designated a DC Historic Landmark in 2022.

For more than 45 years Mr. Matthews and the Peterbug Academy has been an integral piece of the Capitol Hill community. His shoe repair academy has provided a much-needed service to his neighbors and an incomparable opportunity to make a difference in the lives of neighborhood children. Since 1977 he has been “saving soles and heeling people” while supporting the greenest form of all transportation – our feet!

Kick off a celebration of Juneteenth weekend by walking, jogging, or running this 5K. Then hang around and walk in the Peterbug Day Parade as we move along E Street to Peterbug’s Shoe Academy to celebrate Peterbug’s birthday with food, music, and fellowship at the corner of Peterbug Matthews Way (13th Street SE) at E Street SE.

Courtesy Fulcrum Residential. Click for event info

Event Schedule:

  • Friday, June 21 and June 22 at 6 p.m.: Peterbug’s Juneteenth 3-on-3 Youth Basketball tournament.  Stop by Peterbug Shoe Repair Shop to sign up.
  • Friday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m.: Peterbug’s Juneteenth Dog Parade “Take a Bite out of Crime” at 502 13th Street (Peterbug Matthews Way)
  • Saturday, June 22 at 8 a.m.: Peterbug’s Juneteenth 5k at Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St. SE) Register here ($30)
  • Saturday, June 22 12 p.m.: Peterbug’s Juneteenth Block Party (502 13th St. aka PETERBUG MATTHEWS WAY SE)

The Fulcrum Foundation and the Peterbug Academy are proud to announce their partnership to help preserve the historic property, located at 502 Peterbug Matthews Way St SE.

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