Best Juneteenth New Jersey Celebrations

Juneteenth New Jersey Celebrations

Juneteenth is an important federal holiday
in which we celebrate the emancipation of slaves following the Civil War

While President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared a formal end to slavery in the United States in 1863, it was not until Nearly two and a half years later, on June 19th, 1865, the enslaved African Americans of Galveston, Texas got the news by way of the Union army troops that freedom had come at last.

The next year, the people of Galveston commemorated June 19th, as a celebration of freedom. Since then the Black community has always celebrated with at-home barbecues and parties.

The Holiday celebration has since been called Juneteenth blending the name with the month and the day --- "June" plus "nineteenth" --- to become Juneteenth. It's also often called Emancipation Day or Freedom Day.

In 2020, Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey officially made Juneteenth a state holiday.

In 2021, the federal government officially recognized it as a federal holiday.

This year, June 19 falls on a Sunday, so the federal holiday – will be observed on Monday, June 20, 2022

Note: Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event.

Stay tuned --- we will be updating this list as the event sponsors confirm this year's events.

Northern Jersey Juneteenth 2022
New Jersey celebrations

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South Orange Juneteenth Paint and Sip
June 17th, 2022; 5pm - 7pm
Spiotta Park
20-32 Village Plaza
South Orange, NJ
This event features a "Paint and Sip" where you create during the guided outdoor painting event will be used in the Juneteenth Community Art Project. Every participant will get a 12x12-inch board to be used as a single pixel in a larger image. All art supplies will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own refreshments.

Summit Juneteenth Celebration
Friday, June 17, 2022; @4:45pm
Summit, NJ
The events begin at 4:45pm at Summit's Village Green, 356 Broad Street with a Prayer at Village Green Liberation, followed by a March to Village Green at 5:00 PM for the Flag Raising & Celebration at Summit Family Aquatic Center, 100 Morris Ave
Event ends with Black Panther movie showing

Bayonne Juneteenth Festival
June 18th, 2022; Noon - 5pm (rain or shine)
G. Thomas DiDomenico Park
375-409 Avenue A
Bayonne, NJ
This event feaures live entertainment, food trucks, vendors, giveaways and a 50/50 raffle. A Juneteenth Classic Basketball game begins at 3 p.m

Bloomfield Juneteenth Celebration
June 18, 2022; Noon - 6pm
Bloomfield Center
Bloomfield, NJ
Throughout the day, visitors will participate in live inspiration services, dance classes and musical performances. Hair stylists from the area will pay homage to Madam CJ Walker in The Giveback Hair Show. You can find this festival between Bloomfield and Glenwood Avenues and Lackawanna.

Hackensack Juneteenth Festival
June 18th, 2022; 11am - 4pm
Carver Park
294 2d St.
Hackensack, NJ
This even will feature scholarship giveaways, live performances, food trucks, face painting, and speeches from public figures.

Jersey City Juneteenth Celebration

June 18th, 2022; 1pm - 7pm (Rain Date: June 25th)
Berry Lane Park
1000 Garfield Ave
Jersey City, NJ
This family style African Cultural Arts Family Festival will feature live music, a food court, activities for kids, wares from vendors, and more.

Maplewood Juneteenth Festival
June 18th, 2022; 5pm - 9pm
Memorial Park
580 Valley St.
Maplewood, NJ
This event features readings and performances by Ras Heru, Donyah Michelle, Rachelle Parker, SOMA Justice, Jané, and Autumn Jones.
A fireworks show will follow at dusk.

Newark Juneteenth Community Day
Saturday, June 18th, 2022; Noon - 5pm
Washington Park, soon to be renamed Harriet Tubman Square (Across from the Museum)
Newark Museum
49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ
Cost: Free Admission - Registration required.
This Family event features outdoor festival inspired by Harriet Tubman. The event will include performers, artists, and dancers from the Black community across New Jersey. Jacari Harris, Executive Director of the George Floyd Foundation, will address the general progress of the black community and touch on topics of activism and equity. Take part in step workshops, arts and crafts, great food, local vendors, and more.

Scotch Plains Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom
June 18th, 2022; 1pm -8pm
Shady Rest Golf & Country Club
820 Jerusalem Road
Scotch Plains, NJ
Cost: Free admission
This event features, live mucic, children's games, food trucks, vendors, and music by DJ Oakie. An opening ceremony at 1 pm will honor local heroes. Family collages with Mansa Mussa at 2pm and 4pm. Putting contest with prizes at 2pm and 4pm. Double Dutch with Jump Kids at 3pm. Martial arts demo by FACE Corp/Goshu-Kwan Temple at 5pm. Music by Amani at 6 pm.

East Rutherford Juneteenth Celebration
June 19th, 2022; noon to 9pm
Outside Americal Dream Mall
1 American Dream Way
East Rutherford, NJ
Cost: $30. 21+ to enter. Seniors 55 & over are free w/ ID
This festival style event features live DJ'S, musical performances, games, cultural food/drinks, Black-owned vendors/merchandise booths, special guests, interactive spaces, and much more.

Central Jersey Juneteenth 2022
New Jersey celebrations

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New Brunswick Juneteenth Celebration & Flag Raising
June 17, 2022: 3pm - 5pm
New Brunswick Performing Arts Center
11 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ
The Arts Institute will be painting a mural in honor of Juneteenth in the intersection of Livingston Ave, George Street, and Liberty Street.
Sstarting at 3 pm there will be a program in front of NBPAC including music, live performances, and dance along with speaking from different dignitaries across the County, as well as a raising of the Juneteenth Flag.

Allentown "Freedom Day," Juneteenth Celebration
June 18, 2022; 11am - 4pm
Allentown Presbyterian Church
20 High St
Allentown NJ
This event features a celebration of the voices from diverse Africana (African American) cultures with art, food, music, literature, vendors. Performances include violinist/spoken word artist Allie Williams, the Sprout University of the Arts Kids Dance Group and music by Demetrai Joyce Bailey, singer Marcus Chaney, Poet singer Giovanni Wililams, and Music artist Enoch Smith Jr.

Freehold Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom Day
Saturday, June 18th, 2022; 1pm
Court Street Scholl Education Center
140 Court St
Freehold, NJ
This event features a celebration of Freedom Day with music, good food, games, history lessons, Juneteenth virtual presentation, spoken word and plenty of fun.
Learn the history of Court Street School and other black historical landmarks in and around Monmouth County, The history of Juneteenth, and the history of the Black National Anthem.

Lambertville Juneteenth celebration
June 18, 2022: 6pm - 9pm
ACME Screening Room
25 S Union St
Lambertville, NJ
Cost: $9-$16
This Juneteenth weekend event features "Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story," with screening followed by optional reception at Cross Pollination Gallery,
The screening weaves together live performances and interviews from the 50th anniversary of The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which has celebrated the music, food, people, arts & crafts, and culture of all of Louisiana since 1970, and is an essential showcase of the rich heritage of the region. The film, shot at the 2019 Fest, features local music heroes joined on 14 stages by some of the biggest names in the music industry, and a wealth of archival documentary footage from the past half century.

Long Branch Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 18, 2022: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Long Branch Free Public Library
328 Broadway
Long Branch, NJ
Cost: Free admission
This festive event celebrates the end of slavery in the United States.
Attendees will get to experience and enjoy Food vendors, Guest speakers, Genealogy Research, DJ, Local author, Bouncy house, Entertainment and local businesses selling wares such as clothing, jewelry, accessories and more.

Mercer County Juneteenth Black Business Expo
Saturday, June 18, 2022; 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
The Conference Center Inside the RWJ Hamilton Center for Health & Wellness
3100 Quakerbridge Road
Hamilton, NJ
Cost: Free and open to the public - **Please RSVP by using the green "Tickets" button to register and let us know you plan to attend.**
This family friendly event provides diverse people from all backgrounds the opportunity to experience and learn about Black-owned businesses in the Mercer County area, as well as discover the hidden jewels in the community.
There will be Shopping Food (while supplies last) Live DJ, Prizes and Giveaways (No purchase necessary to enter the raffle, just come out and visit the Expo to claim your raffle ticket! Must be present to win!)

Metuchen Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 18, 2022:
Downtown Metuchen Town Plaza
Metuchen, NJ
This years event theme will be Afrofuturism. It's the story of musicians, artists, writers, philosophers, fashion icons, filmmakers, costume and set designers, actors, activists and academics who have believed in a better future for Black people — and for all people. The event will include live music and presenters.

Middlesex County Juneteenth celebration
Saturday, June 18, 2022: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Riverside Park
430 River Road
Piscataway, NJ
Cost: Free for Middlesex County Residents
This family friendly event features live music, presentations, childrens craft activities, games, dance, more.

Montgomery Juneteenth Celebration
June 18, 20022: 11am - 3pm (rain or shine)
Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum
189 Hollow Road
Skillman. NJ
Cost: $10-$30
This event features music, a delicious BBQ from "The Big Easy," and activities for kids. Please bring your own picnic blankets or chairs.

New Brunswick Juneteenth Parade and Festival
June 18, 2022: Parade at 11am, Festival at Noon
Downtown New Brunswick
Recreation Park
7 Pine St
New Brunswick
The days events begin with the Vulcan Pioneers Firefighters of New Brunswick march from George Street to Recreation Park.
At noon the festival will begin with music, dance, spoken word, children's activities, food, vendor, prize, and giveaways,

North Brunswick Juneteenth Celebration
June 18, 2002: 1pm - 6pm
Babbage Park
Laurel Avenue
North Brunswick
732-247-0922, ext. 775.
Cost: Free admission
This celebration features food, music, speakers, vendors, and games.

Red Bank Juneteenth Celebration
June 18, 2022: 1:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Johnny Jazz Park
270 Shrewsbury Avenue
Red Bank, NJ
Cost: Free admission
This event will feature food trucks, live music, speakers, and more.

Trenton Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 18, 2022; 10am - 8pm
This celebration is committed to being "more than just a festival,". The goal of the Collaborative is to Educate, Empower and Unite Africans in the diaspora through cultural arts, health, and wellness, entertainment, and sports.
10am - 3pm at the Capital City Farm, 301 North Clinton Ave. there will be music, kid friendly activities, andfood.
Noon - 8pm at Mill Hill Parf, East Front St & South Broad St, There will be food, children's activities, and entertainment.

Monmouth County Diversity Alliance Juneteenth Gala
Sunday, June 19th, 2022; @5pm
Bella Vista Country Club
100 School Road, Marlboro, NJ
Cost: $100/person
This event features a celbraton of Black Elegance in our community. Live music. food & more.
Dress code: Black tie for Gents, Red formal for the ladies.

Ocean Grove Juneteenth Concert Honoring Dorian Parreott

Sunday, June 19th, 2022; 3pm - 4pm
Jersey Shore Arts Center - North Parking Area
66 South Main Street
Ocean Grove, NJ
Cost: Free concert! Registration required. Refreshments available for purchase. Free raffle
Dorian Parreott, Sr. is the retired Band Director at Asbury Park High School, Past President of NJ Music Educators, President of Local 399 American Federation of Musicians, and a leading member of the Asbury Park Music Foundation. He is a multi instrumentalist and vocalist who has performed in this area all his life. To honor his contributions to the shore music scene, Mr. Parreott will be performing with the Sentimental Journey Big Band featuring the music of Black composers, arrangers, and vocalists.

Princeton Juneteenth Outdoor Concert
June 19th, 2022: 4pm - 5pm
300 Witherspoon St. (Capital Health parking lot)
Princeton, NJ
Bring a lawn chair! Stretto is a team of music lovers who participate in learning and teaching together in an immersion-based music learning program. Committed to diversity and socio-economic inclusion, Stretto makes music as an offering to help heal the wounds of division and to offer a vision for what is possible when people come together in harmony. Stretto has performed in Chicago, Paris, Essen, Düsseldorf, Florence, Prague, Vienna, Baden, Brussels, Belgrade, Sofia, Shanghai, Beijing, Sicily, Montenegro and Croatia, and has been invited as a featured performing ensemble at the Philadelphia Bach Festival, New York Encounter (New York, NY) and the Princeton Early Music Festival.

Southern Jersey Juneteenth 2022
New Jersey celebrations

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The Black Excellence Festival
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, June 17, 18, 19, 2022
Showboat Atlantic City
801 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ
Cost: $15 – $40
This Juneteenth weeked festival, known as the nation's largest in-person celebration of black culture, features three days of culture, comedy, shopping, live music, films, panels, workshops and more. The festival will highlight and provide opportunities to exclusively showcase the African American culture.

Burlington Freedom Day: A Juneteenth Celebration

June 18, 19, 2022: 2pm to 7 pm
Burlington Riverfront Promenade
Riverfront and High Street
Burlington, NJ
Cost: Free admission
This family event features great music, food, vendors, and a Kid's Zone that includes FREE lunch as well as FREE crafts, games, activities, and bounce houses for all of the children.
"Praise on the Promenade: A Gospel Music Celebration" will be held on Sunday, June 19th to close out the events for 2022. Varied performances, special guests, great food, and music will be the focus of the day. Feel free to bring your blankets and chairs so that you can lounge on the lawn and enjoy all that the day has to offer.

Glassboro Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 18, 2022; 1:00 PM – 7:30 PM (rain date June 25th)
Glassboro Sports Complex
230 Wilmer St
Glassboro, NJ
Cost: Free admission
This event features a day of community & unity! Guests will be entertained via live entertainment such as music, dance, poetry and more! Kids activities include bounce houses, obstacle course, games, and more. All attendees will have the opportunity to shop from our wide selection of black owned businesses who will be vendors at this annual event.

Mount Laurel Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 18, 2022: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
3111 Route 38, Unit 18
Mount Laurel Township, NJ
Cost: Free admission
This celebration features live entertainment, food trucks, games, and more.

Wiggins Waterfront Park Juneteenth Celebration
June 18, 2022; 2pm-7pm
Wiggins Park
2 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ
This celebration features Live Music, Vendors, Food, Fun & Games.
Live performaces by Jeff Bradshaw, Jeff Murrell, Exit 45, Franky Hill, WHOAMI?, Universal African Dance & Drum, and many more!

Buena Vista Juneteenth Celebration

June 19th, 2022: 2:30pm - 5pm
At Martin Luther King, Jr. Center
661 Jackson Road
Newtonville, NJ
This program will be moderated by local storyteller Michelle Washington with screening of "Juneteenth 1856-2021″and will include giveaways,

Willingboro Juneteenth Festival
June 19, 2022: Noon-4 p.m.
Millcreek Park
Beverly Rancocas Road and Pageant Lane
This celebration features an educational and entertaining experience with music, food trucks, vendors, African dance, spoken word performances, freedom trail walk, and selections by the Willingboro Community Choir.