Juneteenth 2023: Where They Are Celebrating in South Jersey

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Juneteenth Front Runner New Jersey

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.

It is also a symbol of a country beginning to take a correction course from what former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice once called “America’s original sin.” In 2021, the United States for the first-time designated Juneteenth as a national holiday.

Last year, New Jersey made it a state holiday for the first time. South Jersey will begin celebrating with events throughout 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 celebrate freedom by attending one or more of these celebrations.

If you have an event you would like to add to the calendar, contact editor Clyde Hughes at chughes@acjosephmedia.com.

Thursday, June 8

VINELAND

South Jersey Small Business Expo VI

Hosted by: AC JosepH Media and Bully Pest Management

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Where: Krumbs Café, 942 South Delsea Drive

Details: The South Jersey Small Business Expo is a networking and marketing event for small business owners and their supporters. This event will also recognize Juneteenth and address the needs of African American businesses and other minority businesses. Free food will be served. For more info, email chughes@acjosephmedia.com.


Friday, June 9

WOODBURY

Juneteenth Edition Outdoor Open Mic Night

Hosted by: BrickNKulture & The Renaissance Review

Time: 7-10 p.m.

Where: The Cultural Collective Cafe & BrickNKulture Event Space, 65 North Broad Street

Details: BrickNKulture & The Renaissance Review is back with a Special Juneteenth Edition for our 2nd Friday of the month Open Mic Night. It will be filled with beautiful people, amazing talent, Vendors, DJ and the energy on an all-time high. Our Coffee shop will be open.

Doors Open Up at 7 p.m. Show will start at 8 p.m. sharp.


Tuesday, July 13

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE

United Young Generation Juneteenth Dinner and Show  

Hosted by: United Young Generation  

Time: 6 p.m.

Where: Middle Township Performing Arts Center, 212 Bayberry Drive

Details: Those that fail to study history are doomed to repeat it. The event is sponsored by the Middle Township Education Association. For more info and to RSVP, contact David Farrow farrowd@middletwp.k12.nj.us. RSVP is needed to for caterers.


Friday, June 16-Sunday, June 18

ATLANTIC CITY

Black Excellence Festival

Hosted by: Brooklyn Media Group

Time: Various times over three days

Where: Showboat Hotel, 801 Boardwalk

Details: This three-day extravaganza has become a true regional Juneteenth holiday event showcasing Atlantic City and the best in African American business, food, art and entertainment at one of the major venues for Black events in the city. See local celebrities share the stage of regional and national stars during a praise fest, film festival, seminars and a business expo all in one. For more information, go to: https://www.thebefestival.com/


Saturday-Sunday, June 17-18

BURLINGTON

Burlington Freedom Day 2023: A Juneteenth Celebration

Hosted by: CHAI Community Development Corp.

Time: 2-7 p.m.

Where: Burlington Riverfront Promenade, Riverfront & High streets

Details: The kickoff event will be held on Saturday with great music, food, vendors, and a Kid’s Zone that includes a free lunch as well as crafts, games, and activities for all of the children. “Praise on the Promenade: A Gospel Music Celebration” will be held on Sunday. 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. For more info, contact Trina at tvassallo@chaicdc.org or 609-336-6202.


Thursday, June 15

ATLANTIC CITY

Pre-Juneteenth Celebration of Black Music

Hosted by: Stockton University

Time: 5 p.m.

Where: Fannie Lou Hamer Room, Scarpa Academic Center, 3711 Atlantic Avenue

Details: The event will feature music selections by Donnetrice “DJ Mello-Dee” Allison, chair of the Africana Studies program, games, food and prizes. The celebration – open to students, staff, faculty and community members and is sponsored by the Africana Studies program and School of Arts & Humanities.


Friday, June 16

ATLANTIC CITY

Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony

Hosted by: City of Atlantic City Multicultural Affairs

Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Where: City Hall of Atlantic City, 1301 Bacharch Boulevard

Details: Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small will raise Juneteenth flag at the City Hall Courtyard marking the beginning of the weekend Juneteenth celebration in the city.


MOORESTOWN

Moorestown Juneteenth Flag Raising

Hosted by: Better Together Moorestown

Time: 5-6 p.m.

Where: Moorestown Town Hall, 111 West Second Street

Details: Join us for the inaugural Juneteenth Flag raising at Moorestown Town Hall! This event will feature speeches from community leaders and is sponsored by the Better Together Advisory Committee.


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. For 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


Saturday, June 17

ATLANTIC CITY

Juneteenth March

Hosted by: Ubuntu the Community and City of Atlantic City

Time: 11:30 a.m. line up, March starts 1 p.m.

Where: Pop Lloyd Stadium, 1227 N. Indiana Avevne, ends at City Hall, 1301 Bacharch Boulevard

Details: Come kick off Juneteenth weekend with a community march, walking together in celebrating power, freedom and justice. Personalized posters are encouraged.


BRIDGETON

Tri City H.O.P.E.’s 8th Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Hosted by: Tri City H.O.P.E.

Time: Noon to Dusk

Where: Bridgeton Midget Football Field, 4 Burt Street

Details: The day’s activities will kick off with an amateur boxing show with 12 bouts scheduled to take place. Taking place at the same time as the boxing show, will be kids games with $700 in prize money up for grabs. The opening ceremonies will take place with the singing of Lift Every Voice and Sing. Miss Juneteenth, Junior Miss Juneteenth, and Little Miss Juneteenth will be presented to the attendees.


BURLINGTON

Third Annual Juneteenth Family Celebration

Hosted by: Alpha Xi Omega Alumni Chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.

Time: 4-10 p.m.

Where: Green Acres Park, 851 Old York Road

Details: For more information, contact Carl Barkley Jr. at 718-541-2988.


CAMDEN

Juneteenth Independence Day Celebration

Hosted by: City of Camden

Time: 1-7 p.m.

Where: Wiggins Riverfront Park, 2 Riverside Drive

Details: Presented in conjunction with the City of Camden. The festival will feature family-friendly activities, local merchants, food vendors, art exhibits, and a lineup of live music performances.


CHERRY HILL

Juneteenth Parade and Celebration

Hosted by: Cherry Hill African American Civic Association, Cherry Hill Township, Cherry Hill Police

Time: Parade starts at 10 a.m.

Where: Croft Farms, 100 Bortons Mill Road

Details: In a short amount of time, the Cherry Hill African American Civic Association has made this event a must-stop event when taking in Juneteenth events. There will be non-stop entertainment, events for the currents, speakers and more than 40 vendors looking to engage visitors.


GLASSBORO

4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Hosted by: The Queen’s Initiative

Time: 1-6 p.m.

Where: Glassboro Sports Complex 230 Wilmer Street

Details: This event has grown into one of South Jersey’s premiere Juneteenth celebrations, drawing vendors and visitors throughout the state. Enjoy a day of community and unity along with live music, poetry, dancing, food, games and prizes. The organizers make an extra effort to support Black-owned businesses and one of the largest Juneteenth marketplaces.


LAWNSIDE

Peter Mott House 5K Fundraiser

Hosted by: Lawnside Historical Society

Time: Noon-3 p.m.

Where: Bryant Community Center

Details: The fundraiser benefits the Peter Mott House. https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/Lawnside/Lawnside5K.


MARLTON

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom

Hosted by: Evesham Township

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

Where: Savich Field, 510 East Main Street

Details: Evesham Township’s annual Juneteenth event will take to commemorate the end of slavery. Enjoy music, food, vendors and lots more fun. For more information contact (856) 985-4338 or webbs@evesham-nj.gov


MOORESTOWN

Moorestown Juneteenth Celebration

Hosted by: Perkins Center for the Arts

Time: 2-7 p.m.

Where: Perkins Center for the Arts, 395 Kings Highway

Details: Vendors, music and more.


OCEAN CITY

Juneteenth Celebration and Community Reunion

Hosted by: Cape May County NAACP, City of Ocean CityRock Solid Productions/Count On Comedy

Time: 1-5 p.m.

Where: Eighth Street Rec Center, 719 Haven Avenue

Details: Music, Comedy, Food, And Youth activities will headline The 2023 Ocean City, New Jersey Juneteenth Celebration. Enjoy a day of vendors, and live entertainment as O.C.N.J. recognize and celebrates the rich history of its town African Americans while embracing the festivities of the Juneteenth holiday. This FREE event is open for all to attend and vendors are encouraged to register to take part in this spectacular event.


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

Juneteenth Celebration Featuring: Motown Review

Hosted by: TBA

Time: 7-11 p.m.

Where: New Brooklyn Park

Details: Join us on June 17th in celebration of Juneteenth by coming out and listening to live performances from Motown Review.


SWEDESBORO

RockLife Church Men’s Empowerment

Hosted by: RockLife Church

Time: 9-2 p.m.

Where: RockLife Church, 510 Heron Road

Details: There will be a Welcome Breakfast, Transformational Prayer, several powerful info sessions, dynamic speakers and presentations along with a working lunch. Registration is required: https://www.rocklifechurch.org/mens-empowerment-registration


WILLINGBORO

Juneteenth Festival at Mill Creek Park

Hosted by: Willingboro Township

Time: Noon-4 p.m.

Where: Mill Creek Park

Details: Join us for great food, music, fun, and cultural celebration at Millcreek Park. Today, Juneteenth is recognized for more than the ending of slavery. The celebration of Juneteenth highlights African American heritage and culture, freedom, and education. Join us for great food, music, fun, and cultural celebration. For more info: https://www.willingboronj.gov/departments/recreation-parks/juneteenth-festival


WOODBURY

Gloucester County NAACP Juneteenth Celebration

Hosted by: Gloucester County NAACP

Time: Noon-8 p.m.

Where: Stewart Lake Park, 235 East Red Bank Avenue

Details: The Gloucester County NAACP celebration moves from Deptford to Woodbury this year. The annual event is a fun, family-friendly event elevating Juneteenth throughout the state of New Jersey. It will feature unique entertainment, music, food, and dancing. There will be face painting for the kids, a variety of historical and educational exhibits, artistic displays, and recreation.


Black Farmers Artisan Market

Hosted by: The Cultural Collective Cafe & BrickNKulture

Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: 65 North Broad Street

Details: For more info, call  856-202-5764


Sunday, June 18

BURLINGTON

Father’s Day/Juneteenth Celebration

Hosted by: The Turquoise Cup

Time: TBA

Where: The Turquoise Cup 325 High Street

Details: We provide you with all the materials and instructions needed to infuse your own creativity and personal style into your dominoes. During the event, you can sip on your favorite beverage while vibing to chill music and enjoying in a relaxing and creative environment.

After it’s final glaze firing, your finished domino set can then be used to play with your friends and family or display them as a unique piece of art in your home! This class is reserved for adults only. You must be at least 21 years old to participate.


CAPE MAY

Juneteenth Celebration and 2nd Annual Harriet Tubman Benefit Dinner

Hosted By: Harriet Tubman Museum of New Jersey

Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m./5-8 p.m.

Where: Harriet Tubman Museum, 632 Lafayette Street/The Chalfonte, 301 Howard Street

Details: A free Juneteenth Celebration at the Harriet Tubman Museum Sunday morning and along with tours of the museum will be given before the dinner. The dinner commemorates two years of museum and spreading the history of Harriet Tubman. Music, beverages, and a special Chalfonte buffet are included.


Monday, June 19

ATLANTIC CITY

Annual Juneteenth Celebration Cookout

Hosted By: Ubuntu the Community

Time: 3-7 p.m.

Where: Oscar McClinton Waterfront Park

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


CINNAMINSON

PRC Juneteenth Celebration

Hosted by: PRC Juneteenth Committee

Time: 4-8 p.m.

Where: Wood Park, 2321 Riverton Road

Details: Each year the PRC Juneteenth committee strives to educate, entertain, and inspire residents about the meaning of Juneteenth and the importance it plays in the history of our country. Some exciting new additions to this year’s program include a drill performance by Amped to Dance, a step performance from AKA Step Team and an African Dance performance by the Carmen Dance Experience. Special guests include State Sen. Troy Singleton, President of the South Burlington County NAACP Tyrus Ballard and the Rev. Dr. Leslie Harrison. For more information, contact Michelle Ray at MICHRAY8@gmail.com or 732-766-4755; Michael Hunt at Mhunt2979@gmail.com or 609-424-7389; or Kim Robinson at krobinson_19131@yahoo.com or 856-630-2996.


VINELAND

Vineland Juneteenth Celebration

Hosted by: City of Vineland

Time: 11 a.m.

Where: Vineland City Hall, 2nd Floor, 640 East Wood Street

Details: Keynote speaker will be Angelia Edwards, president of the Greater Vineland NAACP and nonprofit executive. Elizabeth Arthur, the first African American woman to serve as Vineland City Council president, will also speak in an event that will also include the raising of the Juneteenth flag at Vineland City Hall.


Wednesday, June 21

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP

Juneteenth Paint Night

Hosted By: Inland Family Success Center

Time: 4-5 p.m.

Where: Inland Family Success Center 3050 Spruce Avenue

Details: Juneteenth is an important day in history that represents the emancipation of African American slaves. Join us and recreate inspiring art to honor their freedom. This event is free to participants and open to all families living in Atlantic County. Pre-Registration is required. Please email inlandfsc@gmail.com for more information or call us at 609-569-0376.


Friday, June 23

MILLVILLE

Fourth Friday Family Picnic Celebrating Juneteenth

Hosted by: City of Millville, Bully Pest Management, CompleteCare

Time: 6-9 p.m.

Details: Being billed as Millville first-ever celebration of Juneteenth, the event will feature free food, hip-hop dancers, dee jay, a bouncy house, games for children, etc.


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