Juneteenth: Find Out Where to Celebrate!

By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media

ATLANTIC CITY – South Jersey is celebrating Juneteenth, June 19, with more than a dozen celebrations stretching from Camden to Atlantic City to Cape May County.

New Jersey is also celebrating the day for the first time as a state holiday. Recognized as Emancipation Day and Freedom Day in other locations, Juneteenth is marked the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States.

The holiday was first celebrated in Texas, where on that date in 1865, in the aftermath of the Civil War, slaves were declared free under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation.

Front Runner New Jersey has produced one of the most complete list of Juneteenth events in South Jersey and will be adding to this list up to the holiday. FRNJ will also post numerous stories on local celebrations up to June 19. The first story in posted today by a first-ever event in Atlantic City.

Here is detailed information with flyers on South Jersey Juneteenth events:

JUNE 17

(Virtually) Is Progress a Slow Process? A Celebration of Juneteenth

Hosted by: New Jersey Young Democrats Black Caucus  and New Jersey Young Democrats

Time: 6 p.m.

Where: Online

Details: In honor of Juneteenth, the NJYD Black Caucus and New Jersey Young Democrats will  host this event (bit.ly) for a discussion on the history of Juneteenth and how increased attention to it over the past few years has helped shed light on recent developments on race in America.

Panelists include: Assemblywoman Angela McKnight, NJ NAACP 2nd VP Crystal Charley Sibley and Dr. Stephanie James Harris. Moderators are NJYD President Fatima Heyward and NJYD Black Caucus Chair Brittany S. Hale.

JUNE 18

BRIDGETON

Freedom Ride and Walk Pre-Juneteenth Celebration

Hosted by: Cumberland Minority Leadership and Recruitment Committee, Chairs Dr. Tiffanie Thrbak and Nicole Kinsey

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Where: Starting at Bridgeton High School Parking Lot to the Bridgeton Amphitheater

Details: https://cumberlandcountyea.org

READ OUR ‘JUNETEENTH STORIES’ SERIES

*Inaugural ‘Jazz in the Park’ Helps to Put a Spotlight on Juneteenth

*In Glassboro, Black & Brilliant Events Team Ready for 2nd Juneteenth Festival

*Tri City HOPE’s Juneteenth Celebration Fights For Freedom

*Cape May NAACP Adds to History With Local Juneteenth Observance

GALLOWAY

Juneteenth Celebration Poetry Sip and Paint

Time: 7-11 p.m.

Where: 215 E. Collins Road

Details: Live performances, food and DJ. Tickets $35, $45. Call 609-833-1260

JUNE 19

MILLVILLE, MAYS LANDING, CAPE MAY & WHITESBORO

Juneteenth Motorcycle Ride

Hosted by Jason Turner and Cape May County NAACP

Time: 8 a.m.

Details: Other vehicles are welcomed to participate. Start at Super Wawa, 2105 Second Street, Millville, leave at 8:45 p.m.; Travel to Hamilton Mall, 4403 Black Horse Pike, for 9:15 a.m., leave at 10 a.m. to Harriet Tubman Museum of New Jersey in Cape May, 400 Lafayette Street at 11 a.m.; to Cape May County NAACP Juneteenth Celebration, at Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 207 W. Main Street in Whitesboro at 1 p.m. More info Instagram Jason_tech_turner609 or Facebook Juneteenth Freedom Ride 2021

ATLANTIC CITY

Juneteenth Jubilee Festival – Igniting the Culture

Hosted by: Swanked Soiree

Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: Bader Field

Details: register@swankedsoiree.com

4th Annual Juneteenth Cookout The Ubuntu Way

Hosted by: The Ubuntu Community

Time: 1-5 p.m.

Where: Oscar McClinton Jr. Waterfront Park, 201 N New Hampshire Avenue

Details:

Inaugural Jazz In the Park Juneteenth Celebration

Hosted by: Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation

Time: 6:30-8 p.m.

Where: Harold R. Brown Memorial Park, Bacharach and MLK boulevards

Details: Featuring renowned jazz musician Greg Osby and the Juneteenth Ensemble. Go to: www.chickenbonebeach.org

CAMDEN

Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Hosted by: Juneteenth Camden Committee

Time: 1 p.m.

Where: Motorcade leaves DARE Academy at 1 p.m., 1656 Kaighn Avenue with festival starting at 2 p.m. at Wiggins Waterfront Park, 2 Riverside Drive.

Details: Bring own chairs and blankets. Drum ensembles, dancers, singers. More info: juneteenthcammden@gmail.com

CAPE MAY

Grand Opening Harriet Tubman Museum of New Jersey

Hosted by: Harriet Tubman Museum

Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: 400 Lafayette Street

Details: Museum leadership & community remarks; Music and dance by the Pan African Rhythm Collective; Ceremonial presentation from the 22nd United States Colored Troops re-enactors to descendants of Civil War veterans; Reflections on the history and meaning of Juneteenth; Songs & celebration on the long-anticipated opening of the official Harriet Tubman Museum of New Jersey.

CHERRY HILL

Juneteenth Parade and Festival

Hosted by: Cherry Hill African American  Cultural Association

Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Croft Farms Arts Center, 100 Bortons Mill Road

Details: There will be vendors, food trucks and music. A parade will start at 10 a.m. at Caldwell Road and Park Boulevard. For questions, vendor and participant inquiries, contact: tina.truitt@chaaca.org or cathy.jenkins@chaaca.org.

DEPTFORD

Gloucester County NAACP Juneteenth Celebration

Hosted by: Gloucester County NAACP

Time: Noon-5 p.m.

Where: Fasola Park, Deptford, 12 Sycamore Lane

Details: twalkerwinters@gmail.com.  Done in partnership with the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s office and H.E.L.P. We will have: vendors, free ice cream and hot dogs, Universal dancers and drummers, the Creative Arts Choir and the Creative Arts Jazz Band, spoken words and singers.  It will be educational as we will talk about Juneteenth and what it is. We will also have a softball game between the prosecutor’s office and the Gloucester County NAACP. 

EDGEWOOD PARK

Curvy vs. Dainty Fashion Show Juneteenth Edition

Hosted by: Elektra Hair Boutique

Where: 1713 Bridgeboro Road

Details: The event is a celebration held outside in an open space to celebrating culture of Afro Americans and women along with our freedoms.

EVESHAM

Juneteenth Celebration

Hosted by Evesham Township and the Diversity & Equal Opportunity Network

Time: 3-7 p.m.

Where: Savich Trait Fields, 525 East Main Street

Details: Evesham Township is joining with the Diversity & Equal Opportunity Network (D.E.O.N.) to host the township’s Juneteenth Celebration on June 19. The event will feature music, art, poetry, guest speakers and more.T he date will also coincide with the end of D.E.O.N.’s “Diversify our Libraries” book drive to enhance libraries in the Evesham Township School District.

GALLOWAY

Stockton University Juneteenth Celebration

Hosted by: Stockton University NAACP

Time: 1-5 p.m.

Where: Stockton University, Wing D Outdoor Plaza

Details: Free food, games and music. Done in collaboration with United Black Student Society, Student Senate and African Student Organization

GLASSBORO

Second annual Juneteenth Candle Light Vigil & Memorial Event

Hosted by: Black & Brilliant Events Team

Time: 1-6 p.m.

Where: Glassboro Sports Complex, 230 Wilmer Street

Details: A time for culture and unity in remembrance of Juneteenth, the day Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation to free all slaves. Last year was a blast! So don’t miss us this time around. Come out to enjoy food, music, black owned business vendors, family fun and everything CULTURE. MASKS ARE REQUIRED AND SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES WILL BE ACTIVE. We will be accepting donations to go towards the cost of food, drinks, giveaways, and activities for the community. Rain Date: June 26.

HADDON TOWNSHIP

Juneteenth Celebration

Hosted by: Ritz Theatre Co.

Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Where: Ritz Theatre, 915 White Horse Pike

Details: Will feature poetry, venders and music. Go to Ritz Theatre website for additional information.

MOORESTOWN

Juneteenth Celebration 2021

Hosted by: Perkins Center for the Arts

Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: Perkins Center for the Arts, 395 Kings Highway

Details: This is an outside celebration of freedom for Juneteenth, to bring awareness and showcase talent here in Moorestown. There will be live music, vendors and artists. We will also be having live speakers and historians to show the meaning behind Juneteenth.

MOUNT LAUREL

Celebration of Our Culture Our Culture

Hosted by Creative Change Consulting Inc.

Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: 3111 Route 38

Details: Call 609-534-5093

PALMYRA, RIVERTON

Palmyra Riverton 2nd annual Juneteenth Celebration

Hosted by: Palmyra Riverton Juneteenth

Where: Palmyra Community Center, 30 W. Broad Street; Riverton Memorial Park

Details: E-Waste Event at Palmyra Community Center, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Celebration at Riverton Park, 3-6 p.m. Games, student panel, food. Music by B-Smooth. More info: palrivjuneteenth@gmail.com

PENNS GROVE

Juneteenth Celebrates Freedom

Hosted by: Penns Grove Council

Time: Noon-4 p.m.

Where: Penns Grove River Walk, 205 W. Main Street

PLEASANTVILLE (Virtual)

Juneteenth Celebration Facebook Live

Hosted by: Mainland/Pleasantville NAACP

Time: 2-3 p.m.

VINELAND

Sixth annual Juneteenth Still Fighting for Freedom Celebration

Hosted by: Tri City HOPE

Time: Noon

Where: Landis Park, 600 E. Park Avenue

Details: Jerry Young 856-369-5843, Terry Gould 856-332-4488. Joined by Cumberland County Black Union, Life Worth Living, Raw Wisdom LLC, 856 Love Inc. Boys and Girls Club of Cumberland County

WHITESBORO

Juneteenth Festival

Hosted by: Cape May County NAACP

Time: 1 p.m.

Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 207 W. Main Street

Details: On Instagram, @jason_tech_turner609, cmcnaacp@gmail.com or text 609-675-4995

WILDWOOD

Juneteenth Party and Pedal Bike Crawl

Hosted by: The Pricilla E. Frederick Foundation

Time: 2:15-7 p.m.

Where: Spill the Wine, 4100 Atlantic Avenue

Details: Support The Priscilla E. Frederick Foundation First Event. The Juneteenth Party & Pedal Fundraiser. Learn about The Foundation’s mission in supporting single parent homes.

Details: Go to https://www.facebook.com/FrederickFoundation/

WILLIAMSTOWN

Juneteenth Arts Festival

Hosted by: Home of the Road Company

Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Grand Theatre: Home of The Road Company, 405 S Main Street

Details: TBA

WILLINGBORO

Willingboro Juneteenth Day Festival

Hosted by: Willingboro Communications Department

Time: Noon-4 p.m.

Where: Millcreek Park, 300 Bev Rancocas Road

Details: We invite you to the Township’s first annual event and experiences that will commence this day of freedom. This event is facilitated by the Willingboro Communications Department.
It will be an amazing day filled with a variation of activities that will educate, engage and incite a range of ages with a fun and celebratory atmosphere. We will have something for everyone to include food/ general vendors, music, fun facts/ history lessons, Photo booth, Township Council interactions and more.

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE

Juneteenth Caravan

Hosted by: Delaware Juneteenth Association

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Where: Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive

Details: juneteenthdelaware@gmail.com

Juneteenth Observance

Hosted by: Delaware Juneteenth Association

Time: 2 p.m.

Simpson United Methodist Church, 907 Centerville Road

Details: Juneteenthdelaware@gmail.com

JUNE 27

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE

Annual Freedom Gala

Hosted by: Delaware Juneteenth Association

Time: 5-9 p.m.

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Downtown Wilmington, 700 North King Street

Details: This will be a night of elegance, celebration, and freedom. Guests will enjoy a warm and friendly setting with a subtle ambiance. The gala will benefit the Delaware Juneteenth Scholarship Fund. This is a unique event that will create a celebratory atmosphere as we raise awareness of and express the importance of Juneteenth. Please join us for a night of elegance, celebration and freedom. Please visit http://delawarejuneteenth.org/ or contact 302-314-5863 for additional information. To contribute:

https://www.paypal.me/delawarejuneteenth. To become an official sponsor, please email juneteenthdelaware@gmail.com

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