Juneteenth 2023

Join us for our 3rd Annual Juneteenth celebration with the Metuchen Human Relations Commission. Learn about this important holiday and enjoy performances from drumline, step-dancers, spoken word, steel drum band, double dutch jumpers and more at the Metuchen Town Plaza! [2022 Images, 2021 Images]

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday.