Juneteenth: Where the Celebrations Are Happening!

By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media

ATLANTIC CITY – Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement.

Last year, the United States for the first-time designated Juneteenth as a national holiday. The year before, New Jersey made it a state holiday. South Jersey will begin celebrating with events through the month.

Come out and celebrate one of the truly American holidays, recognizing the perseverance and determination of African Americans and what it really means to be celebrate freedom by attending one or more of these celebrations.

READ: Juneteenth Mental Health Equity:https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/general/juneteenth-supporting-mental-health-equity-today-and-everyday/

Front Runner New Jersey will be highlight some of these throughout the month in recognition of the holiday.

Monday, June 6

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE

United Young Generation Juneteenth Show and Dinner

Hosted By: Middle Township Education Association

Time: 6 p.m.

Where: Middle Township Performing Arts Center, 212 Bayberry Drive, Cape May Court House

Details: Tickets are free but needed to know how many to serve for dinner. Contact David Farrow at davidfarrow777@gmail.com for more information.

Thursday, June 9

PALMYRA

Palmyra-Riverton-Cinnaminson Juneteenth Celebration of Culture

Hosted By: PRC Juneteenth Celebration

Time: 5-9 p.m.

Where: Chief Payton I. Flournoy, Sr. Memorial Park, 20 West Broad Street, Palmyra

Details: Cinnaminson will join Riverton and Palmyra in celebrating our third annual Juneteenth Celebration where State. Sen. Troy Singleton will be the keynote speaker. Food trucks, music and vendors will be at the event, supported by the Southern Burlington County NAACP and others. For more information, contact prcjuneteenthcelebration@gmail.com.

LAWNSIDE

Snow Hill Games Juneteenth Celebration

Hosted By: Lawside Historical Society

Time: 7 p.m.

Details: Back by popular demand, Visualizing the Past brings you “The Grown Folks Edition” of Snow Hill Games during this second annual pre-Juneteenth fundraising event: Play Snow Hill Games, an online trivia game using Kahoot. Participants are quizzed on historical events, organizations and people on the postcards to win prizes. Purchase a set of Lawnside History Postcards. Supplies are limited. Proceeds benefit the restoration of the Peter Mott House Underground Railroad Museum owned by the Lawnside Historical Society.

Friday June 17-Sunday June 19

ATLANTIC CITY

Black Excellence Festival

Hosted by: Brooklyn Media Publishing

Time: Varies

Where: Showboat Atlantic City, 801 Boardwalk

Details: The Black Excellence Festival will have a positive impact on Black America by providing tools, information and resources to navigate and address critical issues within our communities. The festival will highlight and provide opportunities to exclusively showcase the African American culture. Attendees can expect two unforgettable days of educational seminars, workshop, panel discussions as well as shopping and entertainment. This will truly be a weekend of “Black Excellence.” Website: www.TheBEFestival.com

READ: Black Excellence Festival Hopes to Highlight Juneteenth Celebration

CAPE MAY

Harriet Tubman Juneteenth Weekend Celebration

Hosted By: Harriet Tubman Museum of New Jersey

Time: Varies over three days (See flyer below)

Where: Harriet Tubman Museum of New Jersey, 632 Lafayette Street

Details: Tours of the museum, a Freedom Ride visit on Saturday, with events at Rotary Park and Macedonia Baptist Church

Friday, June 17

BRIDGETON

2nd Annual Pre-Juneteenth Freedom Ride & Walk

Hosted By: Minority Leadership & Recruitment Committee of Cumberland County

Time: 4:30-7 p.m.

Where: Bridgeton Sunset Lake Amphitheater, Sunset Lake Road

Details: Cumberland County educators, their families, students and community will come together for an evening of togetherness biking and walking a 2.5-mile route. Beginning at the Bridgeton High School parking lot traveling in collaboration with law enforcement assistance to celebrate together, socialize, educate, honor and recount the historical day in June 1865 when people of color were made aware (nearly 2.5 years after Emancipation Proclamation) of their freedom. More information, contact Dr. Tiffanie ThrBak and Nicole Kinsey at tthrbak@njea.org and lindanay5@yahoo.com, respectively. You can also find information at https://CumberlandCountyEA.org<https://cumberlandcountyea.org/&gt;. Registration link: https://forms.gle/Mn8oJwetcQuuJphA9

GALLOWAY

Stockton University Juneteenth Cookout

Hosted By: Stockton University NAACP

Time: 1-5 p.m.

Where: D Wing Plaza, Parking Lots 2 and 3 at Stockton University, Vera King Drive.

Details: Free food! Galloway Mayor Antony Coppola will give the opening remarks while Frank Phillips and Ronald Phillips to give keynote addresses.

Saturday, June 18-Sunday June 19

BURLINGTON

Burlington Freedom Day 2022: A Juneteenth Celebration

Hosted By: CHAI Community Development Corporation

Time: 2-7 p.m.

Where: Burlington Riverfront Promenade, Riverfront and High Street

Details: This two-day celebration will include 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. For more information, Trina by email at tvassallo@chaicdc.org or via phone at 609-336-6202.

Saturday June 18

BUENA/WHITESBORO

Juneteenth Freedom Motorcycle Ride

Hosted By: Jason “Tech” Turner

Time: Meeting starts 8:30 a.m.

Location: Wawa, 730 Harding Highway, Route 40, Buena

Details: Use the hashtag. #JuneteenthFreedomRide2022. COME OUT & BE A PART OF THE JUNETEENTH FREEDOM RIDE 2022. WE WILL BE TAKING A SCENIC RIDE THROUGH SOUTH JERSEY W/ 3 STOPS ALONG THE WAY. First Destination:
609 Nutrition Spot, Rio Grande to support Black Owned & Operated Businesses; Second top Harriet Tubman Museum, Cape May; Third Destination: Juneteenth Festival, Whitesboro.

CAMDEN

Juneteenth Community Celebration

Hosted By: Camden County Board of Commissioners and City of Camden

Time: 2-7 p.m.

Where: Wiggins Waterfront Park

Details: A free family-friendly event will feature local businesses, food trucks, interactive games, live art & dance, and a concert headlined by legendary jazz innovator Jeff Bradshaw. The Juneteenth Community Celebration will provide an amazing platform for black-owned businesses to market their products and services to the masses. Sponsors include CAMCare, Covanta, Camden County and Camden Parking Authority.

CHERRY HILL

Second Annual Juneteenth Parade and Festival

Hosted By: Cherry Hill African American Civic Association

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

Where: Croft Farm, 100 Bortons Mills Road

Details: Includes food trucks, music, vendors and a petting zoo. Some of the sponsors include the Cherry Hill Police Department, Haddonfield Education Association, Cherry Hill Township and Penn Medicine. More information, tina.truitt@chaaca.org, cathy.jenkins@chaaca.org, and anita.wade@chaaca.org

DEPTFORD

Juneteenth Celebration In the Park

Hosted By: Gloucester County NAACP

Time: Noon-5 p.m.

Where: Fasola Park 12 Sycamore Lane

Details: Event is also co-sponsored by the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office. Elected officials and community leaders will speak to commemorate the day, joined by African American business vendors, food and music. Vendor application https://forms.gle/vL57vMyv66F6Jo1N7. Text 856.723.9757 or gcnjnaacp@gmail.com. More details on Facebook at gloucestercountynaacp or http://www.gloucestercountynaacp.org

GLASSBORO

Juneteenth Community Celebration

Hosted By: Black & Brilliant Events

Time: 1-7:30 p.m.

Where: Owens Field (State Street)

Details: This year we have the pleasure of being co-sponsored by Rowan University’s Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Guests will be entertained via live entertainment such as music, dance, poetry and more! Children will have a blast on our bounce houses, obstacle course, games, and activities. All attendees will have the opportunity to shop from our wide selection of black owned businesses who will be vendors at this annual event.

LAWNSIDE

Lawnside Juneteenth 5K/1mile walk run

Time: 8 a.m.

Where: 323 E Charleston Avenue

Details: Funds will go to raise awareness of health disparities in the Black community and improve the public park. After-race events to feature speakers, vendors, and food trucks.

MARLTON

Juneteenth Celebrate Freedom

Hosted By: Diversity and Equal Opportunity Network

Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: Savich Field, 510 East Main Street

Details: Will include music, food and vendors. Done in collaboration with Evesham Township and the Human Rights Advisory Committee

MOORESTOWN

3rd Annual Celebration of Juneteenth

Hosted By: MooreUnity

Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: Perkins Center for the Arts, 395 Kings Highway

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

MOUNT LAUREL

Juneteenth Celebration

Hosted By: Creative Change Counseling

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

Where: 3111 New Jersey 38, Unit 18

Details: We are excited to host entrepreneurs for this event. This is an indoor/outdoor event. Space is given on a first come first serve basis. More information, 609-534-5093.

PAULSBORO

Agape Open Air Market Juneteenth Expo

Hosted By: Paulsboro Recreation Committee

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

Where: Second Baptist Church, 1540 Swedesboro Avenue

Details: The event is a collaborative effort between the church and the Borough of Paulsboro, and is being sponsored by the Paulsboro Recreation Committee. It will feature vendors, food trucks, games and entertainment, and is designed to help bring our community together. 

 

PLEASANTVILLE

Regional South Jersey Juneteenth Festival Unity Day

Hosted By: Pleasantville-Mainland NAACP

Time: TBA

Where: Winzan Center, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 353 S. New Road

Details: For More information, call 609-214-6815 or 267-353-5123

SALEM

Mount Zion Juneteenth Celebration

Hosted By: Mount Zion and Friends

Time: Noon-4 p.m.

Where: 437 Grieves Parkway

Details: This is the first Juneteenth celebration for Mount Zion and Friends. Will feature vendors, food and music. Awood Jones is the pastor.

SICKLERVILLE

Omega Psi Phi Juneteenth Celebration

Hosted By: Omega Psi Phi

Time: 2-7 p.m.

Where: St. Charles Borromeo Community Center, 176 Stagecoach Road

Details: The Brothers of Omega Psi Phi .. Beta Iota Iota Chapter, presents their 2022 Day Party Cabaret. Come party with a purpose. Join the brothers in a fun afternoon of dancing, food, fun and fellowship. A portion of the proceeds will go to the chapter’s annual scholarship recipient.

VINELAND

Juneteenth Freedom Day: Still Fighting For Freedom Amateur Boxing Show

Hosted By: Tri City HOPE

Time: Noon-6 p.m.

Where: Landis Park 600 East Park Avenue, Bouts at Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland County

Details: The winner of each bout will receive a custom belt and his or her appointment will receive a medal. This will be an official USA Boxing sanctioned show. These two events are being held at neighboring facilities. Spoken word artist Safiyah Givens will perform and Miss Cumberland County Area, Ashley Campbell, will be on at Landis Park greeting the attendees. More info, Jerry Young at 856-369-5843 or youngdr.feelgood@yahoo.com.

WHITESBORO

Juneteenth Festival

Hosted By: Cape May County NAACP

Time: 1 p.m.

Where: Martin Luther King Recreation Center, 207 West Main Street

Details: Filled with food, vendors and music, games and speakers. For more information: cmcnaacp@gmail.com

WILLINGBORO

2nd Annual Willingboro Township Juneteenth Festival

Hosted By: All Things Are Possible

Time: Noon-4 p.m.

Where: Millcreek Park, 300 Bev Rancocas Road

Details: Participants will enjoy an educational and entertaining experience. A freedom trail walk, which provides an emotional perspective into Black people’s enslaved experience; Troupe Da Da, an African drum and dance ensemble, will highlight the African heritage that has transcended time, while a spoken word performance by Honeycomb Poetics will spotlight the culture African Americans have come to know and love today.⁠ Participants will have an opportunity to purchase goods from various vendors that will be on-site and numerous food trucks.⁠ Enjoy face painting, moon bounces, and other exciting activities for children to enjoy. Come out for great food, music, fun, and education!⁠ #Juneteenth #atapfoundation

WILMINGTON, Delaware

Beyond Juneteenth Egungun Festival

Hosted By: Abundance Child ministries, DropSquad Kitchen, 302GunsDown, Delaware Division of the Arts, Center for Interventional Pain Spine, Luxe Moss, Guerrilla Republik

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

Where: Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway

Details: The Beyond Juneteenth festival, titled “Beyond,” will start the day with a Juneteenth Flag Raising ceremony, live performances, along with food trucks arts and craft vendors.


Women with a Vision’s 2nd Annual Juneteenth Entrepreneurial Expo

Hosted By: Women with a Vision

Time: 10 a.m.

Where: Delaware Museum of Nature & Science, 4840 Kennett Pike

Details: TBA

Sunday, June 19

ATLANTIC CITY

Fifth Annual Juneteenth Celebration Cookout

Hosted By: Ubuntu the Community

Time: 4-8 p.m.

Where: Oscar McClinton Waterfront Park

Details: Afternoon filled with music, performers, face painting, live DJ, vendors and free food.

BURLINGTON

Paint and Sip Brunch

Hosted By: Qianna Holloway

Time: 2-6 p.m.

Where: Taste of Soul Restaurant by Nancy, 322 High Street

Details: Father’s Day event on Juneteenth. Music, prizes and more.

CAMDEN

Juneteenth Concert

Hosted By: Camden African-American Commission, Inc.

Time: Noon-8 p.m.

Where: Farnham Park

Details: The concert starts at noon with a slave marker liberation and ceremony at Front and Cooper followed by a liberation march at the Camden High football field at 2 p.m. Entertainment will be at Farnham Park from 3-8 p.m.

DELRAN

Juneteenth South Jersey Loc Battle

Hosted By: Omni Events

Time 3 p.m.

Where: Venue 4037 by Omni Events, 4037 Route 130 South

Details: TBA

MAYS LANDING

Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom

Hosted By: Agape Water International Safe Haven

Time: Noon-5 p.m.

Where: Gaskillk Park, 40 Farragut Avenue

Details: For more information, contact Aseealah Davis, 609-418-3024

NEWTONVILLE

AAHMSNJ and Martin Luther King Center Juneteenth Celebration

Hosted By: African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey (AAHMSNJ) and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center

Time: 2:30-5 p.m.

Where: Martin Luther King Center, 661 Jackson Road

Details: The program will be moderated by Michelle Washington, a local storyteller. It will feature a short film, “Juneteenth 1856-2021” and free giveaways. For more information about this event, visit aahmsnj.org, call (609) 350-6662 or contact Ralph Hunter at rhunter@aahmsnj.org.

OCEAN CITY

Ocean City Juneteenth Organization Scholarship Presentation

Hosted By: Ocean City Juneteenth Organization

Time: TBA

Where: Lady by the Sea, 708 Plymouth Place

Details: The organization will present is annual scholarship at the event. One of the organizers, Joshua Baker, told Front Runner New Jersey a full Juneteenth celebration by the OCJO will be held again in 2023.

SICKLERVILLE

Winslow Township Freedom Day Juneteenth Celebration

Hosted by: TBA

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Where: New Brooklyn Park

Details: For more information, call 866-226-3362

Monday, June 20

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP

Juneteenth Paint Night

Hosted By: Inland Family Success Center

Time: 5-6 p.m.

Where: : Inland Family Success Center, 3050 Spruce Avenue

Details: This event is of No-COST to participants and open to ALL families living in Atlantic County, NJ. Pre-Registration is REQUIRED. Every family member attending must be added in your registration. Please email inlandfsc@gmail.com for more information or call us at 609-569-0376.

ONLINE

Juneteenth Black Multi-Faith Strategy Room

Hosted By: Salvation and Social Justice

Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

Where: Meeting Registration – Zoom

Details: Rev. Iva B. Curruthers will be they keynote speaker. She is the founding trustee and general secretary for the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, an interdenominational organization within the African American faith tradition focused on social justice issues. She is Professor Emeritus and former Chairperson of the Sociology Department at Northeastern Illinois University; and, founding President of Nexus Unlimited, an information and technology firm.

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