Monday, June 13, 2022

Celebrate Juneteenth 2022 in Monmouth County


Juneteenth is a day to remember. 

The Emancipation Proclamation was made effective in 1863, but not immediately implemented in places under Confederate control. 

Freedom finally came on June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger led thousands of federal troops to Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended. The army announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state were free by executive decree. 

This day came to be known as "Juneteenth," by the newly freed people in Texas. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day. A time to celebrate, gather as a family, reflect on the past and look to the future.

The Juneteenth flag was created in 1997 by Ben Haith, the founder of the National Juneteenth Celebration Foundation. Each element represents a facet of freedom for Black Americans: The bursting outline around the star is inspired by a nova—a new star, representing a new beginning for the newly freed slaves. The white star in the center of the flag has a dual meaning, Haith said. It represents both Texas, the Lone Star State, but also the freedom of all Black Americans in all 50 states. The curving arc across the width of the flag represents a new horizon: the opportunities and promise that lay ahead for Black Americans. The red, white and blue represents the American flag, a reminder that the enslaved people and their descendants were and are Americans.


Celebrate Juneteenth with Dr. Linda Epps

Thursday, June 16, 
: virtual
Register Here

Memorializing African American History: Cemeteries, Monuments and Markers Sponsored by Monmouth County Library and Monmouth County Historical Association 

Juneteenth Network Mixer

Friday, June 17, 6pm-9pm
American Hotel, 18 East Main Street, Freehold

Community Leaders, etc. are invited to meet and greet founders of Monmouth County Diverse Alliance., Inc. discuss how we can work together in the communities of Monmouth and Ocean Counties to address diversity, equity, and inclusion.

March and Ceremony

Saturday, June 18, 10am-11:30am
Bethel AME Church, 3 Waterworks Road, Freehold to the Squirreltown Cemetery.

WHEN: 12 noon
 Hall of Records, Main Street, Freehold

Food, music, guest speakers, vendors and more.

Hosted by Monmouth County Diverse Alliance., Inc

Neptune Juneteenth Celebration

Saturday, June 18, 10am-11am—Flag Raising
Neptune Municipal Building, 25 Neptune Blvd, Neptune

WHEN: 11am-2pm—Block Party & Wellness Fair
 Midtown Commons Park, West Lake Avenue, Neptune

WHEN: 2pmJuneteenth Parade
: Walk to Springwood Park for more festivities, Springwood & Atkins Avenue, Asbury Park

Info: 732-616-2940,

They Came for Freedom: 
A Walking Tour of Allentown Commemorating Juneteenth

Saturday, June 18, 10am-12noon
Pete Sensi Park, Main Street Allentown
Please register in advance,

A tour past historic homes, shops, cemeteries and landmarks which played a part in helping escaped slaves from the South reach freedom in the North.

Presented by John Fabiano

Sponsored by The Allentown Village Initiative (TAVI)

Juneteenth Celebration & Shopping Event

WHEN: Saturday, June 18, 11am-4pm
 Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Mattison Avenue & Memorial Drive Asbury Park

Food, music, guest speakers, vendors and more.

Historical Marker Unveiling

WHEN: Saturday, June 1811am-1pm
 Wampum Park, Hwy 35 & West Street, Eatontown

Join community members for the unveiling and dedication of a historical marker recognizing the only documented lynching in the state of NJ and memorializing Samuel "Mingo Jack" Johnson

Red Bank Juneteenth Celebration

Saturday, June 18, 1:30pm-6:30pm
Johnny Jazz Park, Shrewsbury & Drs James Parker Blvd, Red Bank

Food-Live Music-Speakers

Juneteenth Car Parade

Saturday, June 18, 12:30pm-2pm
Barack Obama School Parking Lot, Dewitt Avenue, Asbury Park

Decorate your car with Juneteenth decorations. Drive to Springwood Park for more festivities at Springwood & Atkins Avenue, Asbury Park

Long Branch Juneteenth Celebration

Saturday, June 18, 1pm-4pm
WHERE: 328 Broadway, Long Branch

Food Vendors, Bouncy House, DJ, Genealogy Research Program and More

Juneteenth at the Crawford House

Saturday, June 18, 3pm-4:30pm
Crawford House, 750 Tinton Avenue, Tinton Falls

Recognition of a few of the amazing Black women in our history

Asbury Park Juneteenth Celebration

Saturday, June 18, 2pm-6pm
Springwood Park, Springwood Avenue, Asbury Park

Music, Activities, Food, Performances, Vendors and More
Join in as Asbury Park honors Black Men of the Community

Sentimental Journey Big Band Juneteenth Concert

Sunday, June 19, 3pm-4pm
Jersey Shore Arts Center, 66 South Main Street, Ocean Grove

Juneteenth Concert Honoring Dorian Parreott, Sr.
Mr. Parreott will be performing with the Sentimental Journey Big Band 
featuring the music of Black composers, arrangers, and vocalists.

A Chamber Music Celebration of Juneteenth

Sunday, June 19, 4:30pm-6:30pm
United Methodist Church, 247 Broad Street, Red Bank

Featuring the Harlem Chamber Players in a classical chamber music concert with highlights of music composed, performed and influenced by Black musicians from the 18th to 20th centuries 

Presented by The Red Bank Chamber Music Society and The T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center

For covid safety, we are requiring all attendees to wear masks.

Juneteenth Gala

Sunday, June 19, 5pm-9pm
Bella Vista Country Club, 100 School Road, Marlboro
TICKETS: $$100+

Food, music, guest speakers and more.

Hosted by Monmouth County Diverse Alliance., Inc

Juneteenth Celebration Concert

Sunday, June 19, 5pm-6pm
Ocean Grove Auditorium, 21 Pilgrim Pathway, Ocean Grove
A concert honoring the works of great African American composers who 
left a lasting and vital musical legacy. Maestro Jason Tramm leads the Adelphi Orchestra in works by Scott Joplin, Florence Price, William Grant Stills, Duke Ellington, and Coleridge-Taylor & Harry Burleigh. 

Eric Mckeever, Baritone

Beneath the Floorboards

Saturday, June 25, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Marlpit Hall, 137 Kings Highway, Middletown
Stop in any time for a special Juneteenth event

For the exhibition of telling the stories of the enslaved African Americans who once resided at Marlpit Hall Includes curator-led tours with a panel of speakers and cultural programming.

Light refreshments provided.