June 19 Events for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut – NBC New York


June 16 celebrations are taking place across all five boroughs and the tri-state area this weekend in honor of the recently recognized federal holiday.

June 19 marks the day in 1865 that the Emancipation Proclamation was brought to the slaves of Texas – more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued it.

This year will be the second that the United States will recognize this day as a federal holiday.

Here are some upcoming events honoring this year’s celebration:

Broadway celebrates Juneteenth

Duffy Square, Broadway between 45th and 47th Streets, Midtown, Sunday, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

No cost

Black artists and allies from various Broadway shows will perform their own works, including song, dance and poetry, as well as live music.

Juneteenth March/5K Run/Walk/Roll

Begins at the Engineers Gate at 90th Street and 5th Avenue, Sundays from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m..

Cost: Payment is optional for registration, a $25 donation is recommended

Originally founded as the Juneteenth March in 2020, a peaceful march from Harlem to City Hall, it highlighted the wide range of injustices and lack of reform for black residents in New York and across the United States. The walk has since evolved into the June 19 March/5K Run/Walk/Roll. Following its change in focus, all proceeds now go to fund the Harlem Community Center, which is a community center that offers services from over 30 community organizations.

Celebrating Black LGBTQIA+ Creatives at “The Center

7th Avenue and Greenwich Avenue, Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m..

No cost

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center (commonly referred to as “The Center”) has been known as a safe space and resource center for the LGBTQIA+ community since 1983. They continue their Pride Month celebrations with Black of Center : a Juneteenth Block Festival featuring artists, storytellers, small businesses, black LGBTQIA+ vendors, as well as interactive activities such as art workshops, readings, musical sets by DJ Jamz and forums of discussion of community members.

The big comeback Screening at the Apollon

235 W 125th Street, Sunday, screening starts at 6 p.m.

No cost

There will be a free community screening of Color Farm THE BIG REFUNDco-directed by Erika Alexander and Whitney Dow.

Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Couldn’t Be Televised)

Marcus Garvey Park, Friday, screening starts at 8 p.m.

No cost

This Friday Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Couldn’t Be Televised) will return to the Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage to open its season of performances at neighborhood parks, commemorating Juneteenth.

13th Annual Juneteenth NY Festival 2022

Linden Park on Linden Blvd. & Vermont St. in East New York, June 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Prospect Park at Main Entrance – Lafayette Memorial – Prospect Park W & 9th Street, Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., online, Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

No cost

This three-day festival begins on Friday. “Mind, Body & Soul” Health and Wellness Day is the first event where the celebration kicks off its virtual summit on Friday and continues in-person throughout the weekend with performances by local talent and vendors offering a selection of local, Black-owned restaurants. There will be basketball clinics with the Brooklyn Nets and New York Liberty, a fashion show and more.

Honor Juneteenth

Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights, Sunday 12-6 p.m..

No cost

The Brooklyn Museum honors Juneteenth with a full day of activities. As Juneteenth coincides with Father’s Day, this year’s event will feature activities for the whole family.

New York City Juneteenth/Freedom Day Celebration at Grand Army Plaza

10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238, on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library, Sunday, photo opportunity and press conference at 9 a.m., celebration and festivities from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

No cost

The family event will include spoken word performers, poets and musicians.

André De Shields is Frederick Douglass: My eyes have seen the glory

Flushing City Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing, Sunday, 2-8 p.m.

Cost: $40; $30 members and seniors; $20 students; $10 children under 12

Tony Grammy and Emmy Award winner and Hadestown star André De Shields performs an excerpt from his solo work and personal show “Frederick Douglass: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory”.

June 19 story time

Queens Public Library, Richmond Hill, 118-14 Hillside Avenue, Richmond Hill, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

No cost

Children and caregivers are welcomed to the Queens Public Library for a special story hour to learn about Juneteenth through picture books.

The princess and the Frog Screening at the Moving Image Museum

Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, Friday-Sunday: Friday 2:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m..

Cost: $15; $11 seniors 65 and over and students over 18; $9 from 3 to 17 years old

The Museum of the Moving Image celebrates Juneteenth with a film screening that celebrates black heritage, including screenings of the 2009 Disney animated film The princess and the Frogwhich features Disney’s first African-American princess, Tiana.

2nd Annual Family Day June 16

Pelham Bay Park, Middletown Road & Stadium Avenue, Bronx, Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

No cost

This event is family friendly and includes events such as arts and crafts, face painting, live performances, and more.

June 19 Celebration and Ceremony at the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance

Van Cortlandt Park, 242nd Street and Broadway, Bronx, Monday, 6-7:30 p.m.

No cost

The Van Cortlandt Park Alliance commemorates Juneteenth with performances including music and spoken word. After the performances, you can follow a procession with drums to the African Slave Cemetery for a libation ceremony, honoring the memory of slaves.

June 19 Freedom Parade

Programming begins at 85 Snug Harbor Rd. at 8:30 a.m. and departs at 10 a.m., Saturdays

No cost

The Jubilee Collective will host the first Juneteenth Freedom Parade on Saturday. All are invited to share in the jubilation of watching or walking in the parade.

Active performance of June 19 celebration

The Staten Island Children’s Museum Sunday, Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

No cost

Grammy-nominated music and social justice artist Fyütch will perform behind the Museum on the South Meadow of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden as part of the Juneteenth Freedom Festival organized by the Jubilee Collective to celebrate Juneteenth.

NEWARK: Newark Museum of Art Juneteenth Festival in honor of Harriet Tubman

Washington Park (soon to be renamed Harriet Tubman Square), across from the NMOA (49 Washington St., Newark), Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

No cost

The Newark Museum of Art is hosting an outdoor festival honoring Harriet Tubman where guests can decorate ceramic tiles that will later be used to create the Harriet Tubman Monument in Washington Park. Jacari Harris, executive director of the George Floyd Foundation, will speak, and performances by black artists and dancers are scheduled throughout the day.

MAPLE WOOD: MAPSO Festival of June 19

Memorial Park (580 Valley St.), Saturday, 5-9 p.m.

No cost

MAPSO (Maplewood & South Orange) will host a festival featuring readings and performances by Ras Heru, Donyah Michelle, Rachelle Parker, SOMA Justice, Jané, Autumn Jones and more. A fireworks display will close the evening.

FIELD OF FLOWERS: Festival of Black-Owned Businesses

Between Bloomfield and Glenwood and Lackawanna avenues, Saturday, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

No cost

Black-owned businesses will be celebrated at Bloomfield’s 2nd Annual June 19 Celebration. Throughout the day, visitors will participate in live inspirational services, dance lessons and musical performances. Area hairdressers will pay tribute to Madame CJ Walker in The Giveback Hair Show.

WEST HAVEN: West Haven celebrates June 19

Brent Watt Park, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

No cost

The town of West Haven celebrates Juneteenth with an event featuring local vendors, music, food and a talent showcase. Discover the history of Juneteenth and celebrate with residents and local authorities.

OLD LYME: Jazz & Poetry Event: Juneteenth Celebration

Florence Griswold Museum, Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

No cost

The June 19 celebration takes place on the museum grounds and includes music from jazz quartet Nat Reeves and readings from Witness Stones poets Marilyn Nelson, Kate Rushin, Rhonda Ward and Antoinette Brim-Bell who created a verse tribute to those remembered with Lyme Street plaques that mark former sites of slavery and indentured servitude.

ENFIELD: June 16 holiday celebration

Enfield Town Green, Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

No cost

UJIMA African American Alliance organizes a Juneteenth festival.

HAVERPAILLE: The feast of June 19

Clinton Street, Saturday, 3-5 p.m.

No cost

The Haverstraw African-American Connection is hosting its 7th annual June 19 celebration. There will be a parade, food, vendors, a children’s area and live music with special musical guest, Mietta Stancil-Farrar.

SPRING VALLEY: ForTheCulture Juneteenth Fest

Memorial Park, Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

No cost

The ForTheCulture Foundation will host an event that will feature entertainment from local talent, food and drink, and games and activities for the whole family.


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