Happy Juneteenth! 4 Ways To Commemorate Black History In Bergen
Celebrate the ending of slavery—and perhaps a day off work?—at these Juneteenth festivities happening this weekend in Bergen County.
For 156 years, Americans have been celebrating Juneteenth, which marks the emancipation of the slaves in the United States. But it’s only been since 2021 that Juneteenth has been recognized as a federal holiday.
Whether or not your employer gives you a day off to commemorate the occasion (your day off is likely today or Monday because June 19 falls on a weekend this year), there are many events in Bergen County through which you can get involved. Here are a few to put on your radar:
- Elevate Hackensack hosts Hackensack’s Juneteenth Festival at Carver Park featuring live performances, food trucks, giveaways/prizes and speeches from local leaders. Saturday, June 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is free.
- American Dream in East Rutherford hosts the second annual Juneteenth Celebration NJ, a festival held outdoors featuring live music and lots of fun. Sunday, June 19, 12 p.m. General admission is $30, 21+ to enter, seniors over 55 are free with ID.
- Englewood hosts Englewood Juneteenth Celebration, a weekend-long festival at Depot Square Park with live performances, food and a fair. Happening now until Sunday, June 19 at 9 p.m. General admission is free.
- Biagio’s in Paramus hosts the Pop Up Brunch Series Father’s Day/Juneteenth Edition, featuring a brunch buffet (even though the event is in the evening), live DJs, hookah, bottle specials and partying on both the main floor and the rooftop. Sunday, June 19, 6 p.m. General admission is $40, which includes brunch.
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