Juneteenth Celebration 2024

Join us for our 4th Annual Juneteenth celebration with the Metuchen Human Relations Commission. The event will feature a lineup of talented performers, headlined by DJ Sabine Blaizin, whose recent performances included the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. Learn about this important holiday and enjoy performances from drumline, step-dancers, spoken word, funk band, and more at the Metuchen Town Plaza.

2024 Theme Includes: Commemorating 60 years of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, 60 years of funk music and Shirley Chisholm’s 100th birthday.

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. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday.