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BLOOMFIELD, NJ – On Saturday, June 17, the Township of Bloomfield will be hosting a Juneteenth celebration from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Glenwood Avenue between Washington St and Lackawanna Ave in Bloomfield. The event will commemorate the end of slavery in the United States and celebrate the rich history and culture of African Americans.
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.
“As a community, it is important for us to come together and recognize the significance of Juneteenth, and promote education and awareness about this important moment in our nation's history,” said Councilwoman Sarah Cruz.
The event 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.
“We are excited to bring the community together to celebrate Juneteenth and recognize the importance of this day in our history,” said Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia. “This event is not just for African Americans, but for everyone who wants to learn about and celebrate our country's diversity and culture.”
The event is free and open to the public. In the event of rain, the celebration will be rescheduled for Sunday June 18.