Passaic County Celebrates Juneteenth Freedom Day


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Join Passaic County, Friends of Passaic County Parks, Inc. and C.R.E.W. Non-profit, in a community wide event celebrating our freedom, communities and rich diversity.

The event will feature family-fun activities including arts & crafts, games, live music, food, vendors, and exhibitions and runs from 11:am - 4:00pm.

For more information visit See Passaic County online here.


Juneteenth is a national celebration of the emancipation of the last enslaved people in the Confederacy.  Despite the Emancipation Proclamation by President Lincoln on September 22, 1862, that became effective on January 1, 1863, many slave owners in Texas withheld this information from their slaves. 

On June 19, 1865, Major Gen. Gordon Granger  announced the end of slavery in Texas. But, despite this, slavery was still not fully abolished until December 6, 1865, after the ratification of the thirteenth amendment. 

In 1866, formerly enslaved people celebrated their freedom on June 19 starting the tradition of Juneteenth that was continued in families and communities across the US.

In 1980, Texas became the first US state to designate Juneteenth as a holiday.  Today, all 50 states and the District of Columbia recognize the day in some form.  The holiday was officially recognized in New Jersey in September of 2020 when Governor Murphy signed legislation that  designates the third Friday in June as a State and public holiday, known as Juneteenth Day.

As of June 17, 2021, the federal government officially recognizes June 19th as Juneteenth, making it a federal holiday, when President Biden signed legislation marking June 19 as a national day to commemorate the end of slavery in the US.  

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