Celebrations mark Juneteenth in New Jersey (PHOTOS)

Asbury Park and Deptford hosted the June 19 celebrations on Saturday while other events were planned in New Jersey over the weekend.

June 19 was proclaimed a federal holiday last year after President Joe Biden signed it into law. Juneteenth is the annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States after the Civil War. The day marks June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers announced the Emancipation Proclamation to enslaved blacks in Galveston, Texas, and declared that all persons held in slavery in the United States should be free .

In South Jersey, the Gloucester County NAACP and the Gloucester County Attorney’s Office held their third annual June 19 celebration in Deptford on Saturday at Fasola Park, complete with live music, food, vendors, a DJ and more.

Asbury Park also hosted the June 19 celebrations at Springwood Ave. Park, with 34 vendors and 10 artists attending the second annual event. Event partners included the City of Asbury Park, Asbury Park Democrats and others. The event consisted of free food, vendors, activities and shows for attendees to enjoy.

Angela Ahbez-Anderson, president of the Asbury Park Democratic Organization, said: “[Juneteenth] means the freedom to express our voice and effect change, because we are the dream of our ancestors.

The crowd was happy and relaxed, and the weather provided a cool breeze throughout the park.

Nina Summerlin, president of West Side Citizens United, another sponsor of the event, said: “At the end of the day, we are a community and we must focus on the future as a unit.”

Artist Deanna Moore, from Sicklerville, sells her paintings during the Juneteenth Celebration at Fasola Park in Deptford on Saturday June 18, 2022.Al-Amrhein | For NJ Advance Media

NJ celebrates Juneteenth

Konjo owner Sedem Adiabu of Glassboro sells handicrafts from Africa during the Juneteenth Celebration at Fasola Park in Deptford on Saturday June 18, 2022.Al-Amrhein | For NJ Advance Media

NJ celebrates Juneteenth

Devon Walker of Williamstown sells Sonny Winters clothing during the June 19 celebration at Fasola Park in Deptford on Saturday June 18, 2022.Al-Amrhein | For NJ Advance Media

NJ celebrates Juneteenth

Angel Gray of Cherry Hill dons a cat costume to promote SplushCat products during the Juneteenth Celebration at Fasola Park in Deptford on Saturday June 18, 2022.Al-Amrhein | For NJ Advance Media

NJ celebrates Juneteenth

Roseland resident Janelle Mothersill shows off some of her Vampy Paws merchandise during the June 19 celebration at Fasola Park in Deptford on Saturday June 18, 2022.Al-Amrhein | For NJ Advance Media

NJ celebrates Juneteenth

June 19 celebration at Fasola Park in Deptford on Saturday June 18, 2022.Al-Amrhein | For NJ Advance Media

NJ celebrates Juneteenth

Gloucester County NAACP Board Member Cat Paige, from Sewell, sings to the crowd during the June 19 celebration at Fasola Park in Deptford on Saturday June 18, 2022.Al-Amrhein | For NJ Advance Media

NJ celebrates Juneteenth

Myla (6) and Kwame (11) Damso enjoy a display courtesy of Jim Stewart of Moms Demand Action, National Park, during the June 19 Celebration at Fasola Park in Deptford on Saturday June 18, 2022.Al-Amrhein | For NJ Advance Media

June 16 celebration at Asbury Park

Neptune walkers joined in the June 19 celebration at Springwood Ave. Park at Asbury Park. This is the second year that Juneteenth has been celebrated in Asbury Park, with music, food and vendors. Amanda Brown | For NJ Advance Media

June 16 celebration at Asbury Park

Aniya Darden, 14, of the Asbury Park Technical Academy of Dance, waits to perform her ballet demonstration at the June 19 celebration at Springwood Ave. Park at Asbury Park. This is the second year that Juneteenth has been celebrated in Asbury Park, with music, food and vendors. Amanda Brown | For NJ Advance Media

June 16 celebration at Asbury Park

Rousse Jordonne, 12, of Asbury Park, blows bubbles during the June 19 celebration at Springwood Ave. Park at Asbury Park. This is the second year that Juneteenth has been celebrated in Asbury Park, with music, food and vendors. Amanda Brown | For NJ Advance Media

June 16 celebration at Asbury Park

People relax and have fun during the June 19 celebration at Springwood Ave. Park at Asbury Park. This is the second year that Juneteenth has been celebrated in Asbury Park, with music, food and vendors. Amanda Brown | For NJ Advance Media

June 16 celebration at Asbury Park

Caleb Brown (left) and Kemar Archer, both of Neptune, play an impromptu game of catching football during the June 19 celebration at Springwood Ave. Park at Asbury Park. This is the second year that Juneteenth has been celebrated in Asbury Park, with music, food and vendors. Amanda Brown | For NJ Advance Media

June 16 celebration at Asbury Park

The June 19 celebration at Springwood Ave. Park at Asbury Park. This is the second year that Juneteenth has been celebrated in Asbury Park, with music, food and vendors. Amanda Brown | For NJ Advance Media

June 16 celebration at Asbury Park

Free products were available at the June 19 celebration at Springwood Ave. Park at Asbury Park. This is the second year that Juneteenth has been celebrated in Asbury Park, with music, food and vendors. Amanda Brown | For NJ Advance Media

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