Guide: Juneteenth events and celebrations throughout New Jersey

Saturday, June 19 marks Juneteenth, which commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S. After the Emancipation Proclamation declared all slaves free in 1862, the news took time to travel. June 19, 1865, is the date when word of the proclamation reached enslaved African Americans in Texas.
Here are events around New Jersey to mark the date.

June 18-19

Juneteenth Festival
Where: Bloomfield High School
Time: 12-6 p.m.
The Black Excellence Festival
Where: Showboat Hotel, Atlantic City
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June 19

Juneteenth Talent Showcase
Where: Montclair Brewery
Time: 1-8 p.m.
Celebrate with Jubliee beer in honor of the holiday. More Info
Self-Guided Tour of Gethsemane Cemetery
Featuring Q&A with Bergen County Historian Dr. Arnold Brown
Where: Gethsemane Cemetery between Summit Place and Liberty Street (entrance on Summit Place)
Time: 1-4 p.m.
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Celebrate Freedom
Where: Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown
Time: 10-2 p.m.
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Juneteenth Freedom Day
Where: Flood's Hill, South Orange
Time: 6-9:30 p.m.
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Juneteenth Freedom Family Festival
Where: Source of Knowledge Bookstore
Time: 11-5 p.m.
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Juneteenth Rally to Say The Word: REPARATIONS
Where: Newark
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A Juneteenth Celebration: Live From Newark Symphony Hall
Where: Virtual
Time: 7 p.m.
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Juneteenth at the Mercer Stables
Where: Mercer Stables
Time: 10 a.m.
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Jersey Shore Juneteenth Celebration
Where: 515 Bath Ave., Long Branch
Time: 11-5 p.m.
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