Juneteenth 2023: Fourth Friday Serves as Millville’s Celebration


By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media  

MILLVILLE — Billed as Millville’s first Juneteenth celebration, the Fourth Friday Family Fun night was filled with dancing, music, vendors food and positive feelings that founder Wade Loatman had hoped to create with the event when it started in 2021.  

In partnership with Millville Parks and Recreation Director Samantha Cruz and the City of Millville, Captain Buck Waterfront Park along the Maurice River filled fast with residents as they enjoyed entertainment by the dance group the Hood Lockers and the live band The Muzik.  

With the help of an army of volunteers and sponsors, including the Complete Care Health Network and Holly City Development Corporation, Fourth Fridays continued its trend of growth and variety.   In one area, the Anointed Hands Foundation offered free haircuts to adults as well as children. Near the back of the park, Drea’s One Stop food truck offered soul food dishes. Corey Glenn, of the youth nonprofit Life Worth Living, engaged young people while Moniqua Byers shared her natural Bunny Whip health products.  

Complete Care Health Network’s booth spoke to visits alongside the substance abuse agency Southwest Council along with Inspira Health. Cedria Colvin of Primerica, talked to visitors about the value of financial protection.  

They represented just some of the informational and product booths geared to support attendees.   Loatman said he was pleased with the event that was worthy to be called Millville’s first Juneteenth celebration and sees Fourth Fridays only getting better in the future.

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