October 20, 2021

Syltel Lovely

Singularly Lovely Education

Juneteenth events around North Jersey this weekend

Last year, public Juneteenth festivals were hard to find in North Jersey, though plenty of people celebrated the holiday with barbecues and at-home parties.

Oh, what a difference a year can make. This year the holiday, celebrated on June 19, is being honored throughout North Jersey with pop-up shopping events, massive festivals, 5Ks, bike trails, art exhibits and panel discussions.

Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when news that slavery had been abolished reached Galveston, Texas, two years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. The freed people of Galveston erupted into celebrations that day. 

In 2020, Gov. Phil Murphy officially made Juneteenth a state holiday. Here’s where to find Juneteenth celebrations in North Jersey.

What is Juneteenth?:New Jersey celebrates holiday commemorating the end of slavery