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BLOOMFIELD, NJ – The Township of Bloomfield is excited to announce an upcoming Juneteenth celebration scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 17, on Glenwood Avenue between Washington Street and Lackawanna Place. To make this celebration truly memorable, the township is inviting local vendors to showcase their products and services at the event, as well as sponsors and volunteers to help contribute and ensure the overall success of the Juneteenth celebration.
“All people are welcome. Bloomfield's event highlights local and Black owned businesses, and provides a social and educational experience for all of our diverse community. By becoming a vendor, sponsor, or volunteer you will have the opportunity to connect with hundreds of attendees, including residents, visitors, and community leaders. This event promises to be a vibrant atmosphere that celebrates our shared history while fostering community engagement,” said Councilwoman Sarah Cruz.
The event is free and open to the public, and will include music, food, and activities for people of all ages. There will be performances by local artists, as well as speeches by community leaders and historians. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn more about the history of Juneteenth and the contributions of African Americans to our country.
For sponsorship opportunities and/or to volunteer, please email your name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To become a vendor, please visit the following link to fill out a contact form: www.thegivebackhairshow.org/juneteenth.
You must be an established business to register as a vendor, with a business name, logo, email, social media specific to your business and phone number. The cost to register is $150 for retail businesses, 75$ for district commercial businesses (Glenwood Avenue and Washington Street only), and $150 for food vendors (with a $30 town inspection fee and $54 fire department inspection fee). An email will be sent following vendor approval and payment, with event set up details.
Recognized nationally as a federal holiday, Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19th, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas and announced that the Civil War had ended and all slaves were now free, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Lincoln. Since then, Juneteenth has been a time for African Americans to reflect on their history, celebrate their freedom and achievements, and recognize the challenges they have faced and continue to face.