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Juneteenth is an annual holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S.

June 19, 1865 marks the date that Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War was over and that all remaining slaves in the state were free.

The Confederate Army surrendered several months earlier, but with Texas being such a remote state, it took time for word to arrive. When it finally did, it was more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation formally freed all slaves.

Amid ongoing protests, calls for an end to racial injustices and demands for change, Juneteenth takes on added meaning this year.

List of Juneteenth marches and events in New York and New Jersey on Friday, June 19:


12 p.m. – NYCHA Tenant Association Presidents Juneteenth Celebration
In front of PS 126 (near NYCHA Highbridge Gardens) – 175 West 166th Street (between Summit and Ogden avenues)

3 p.m. – Juneteenth Black Lives Matter protest
Soundview Park

10 a.m. – Juneteenth Freedom Day Rally with Borough President Eric Adams
Brooklyn Public Library – Central Branch steps – 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

12 p.m. – Juneteenth vigil and march
Starts at the Brooklyn Museum steps, ends at Cadman Plaza

12 p.m. – Big Black Kickback in Brooklyn
Games and giveaways at Brooklyn Bridge

12 p.m. – Drive to Justice motorcade
Starts at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch (by Grand Army Plaza) in Brooklyn
Proceeds to City Hall, en route to the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building on 125th Street in Harlem

1 p.m. – #RouteWithAPurpose bike ride with Good Go Bike Club and Borough President Eric Adams
Starts at the Brooklyn Museum – 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn

1 p.m. – Sidewalk talks: Public discourse on race, America and the new economic revolution; music by DJ Will Do
At DeKalb Avenue and South Oxford Street

2 p.m. — Ce-Liberation BBQ and rally
155 Bay St.

2 p.m. – Juneteenth celebration with food, music and more
The Southern Comfort restaurant – 377 Marcus Garvey Blvd., Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

2 p.m. – Juneteenth When Mother’s Cry Peaceful Protest and March
Starts at Nostrand Avenue and Farragut Road, ends at Barclays Center

3:30 p.m. – Juneteenth A Mother’s Cry March, a peaceful protest
Starts at Eastern Parkway and Utica Aveneu, ends at Barclays Center

4 p.m. – Juneteenth march in memory for Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and more
Starts at Tillary Street and Boerum Place, ends at the Brooklyn Bridge

4 p.m. – Juneteenth march and celebration
Irving Square Park

4:30 p.m. -Juneteenth Drum Walk
Meet at Malcolm X and Macon streets, walk and dance to Tompkins Avenue and Macon Street

4:30 p.m. – Celebrate Freedom: Safe space to express and release
Fort Greene Park

5:15 p.m. – Candlelight vigil honoring victims of police brutality
SUNY Downstate Medical Center – 450 Clarkson Ave.

6 p.m. – March sponsored by the Black Education Group
Meet at Grand Army Plaza.

6 p.m. – Break the Chains with Love march
Meet at Brooklyn Bridge Park

6 p.m. – All Black Lives Matter bike protest
Starts at the Brooklyn Museum

6:15 p.m. – 5K Run/Bike Ride – Wear red, green or black
Starts at 1368 Fulton St., ends at Fort Greene Park

6 p.m. – Juneteenth Black Souls remembrance
Prospect Park

10 a.m. – Juneteenth event
Washington Square Park

11 a.m. – Silent march
Starts at the State Building on 125th Street in Harlem, endsat the Seneca Village site in Central Park

12 p.m. – Speakers, barbecue and music at the Seneca Village site in Central Park

12 p.m. – Big Black Kickback in Harlem
Games, giveaways and more at Harlem riverbank

12 p.m. – The December 12th Movement holds a rally demanding defunding the NYPD

1 p.m. – Speakers, open mic, music and activities
Central Park North (110th Street)

1 p.m. – Juneteenth march
Starts in Cooper Square, ends at City Hall

1 p.m. – Juneteenth wellness walk for Justice and yoga (bring a yoga mat)
West 125th Street and ACP Plaza in Harlem

2 p.m. – Youth United 4 Black Lives
Central Park North Meadow

2 p.m. – Non-violent protest
Starts at Cathedral Parkway and West 110th Street in Harlem

2 p.m. – Juneteenth march
People march to and converge at City Hall

12 p.m. – Juneteenth Queens caravan
Starts at 109-50 Merrick Blvd. and travels to 103rd and 113 Police Precincts

1 p.m. – Juneteenth march in Jackson Heights
Starts in Jackson Heights and ends at Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Park

1 p.m. – Juneteenth march in Jamaica
Starts at the civil court – 89-17 Sutphin Blvd, Jamaica, Queens

3 p.m. – Juneteenth Queens prayerful march and rally against racism and police brutality
115th Avenue and 221st Street

4 p.m. – Juneteenth friends and family meet-up and rally
Flushing Meadows Park

Staten Island
2 p.m. – Juneteenth peaceful picnic with drinks, games and snacks
Clove Lakes Park – 1150 Clove Rd, Staten Island

Long Island
6 p.m. – Juneteenth Long Island Unity March
Meet-up spots: Amityville Memorial High School (6 p.m.); Massapequa High School (7 p.m.); Tackapausha Museum and Preserve (7:50 p.m.)

12 p.m. – Newark Car Caravan Juneteenth
Motorcade starts at 206 Springfield Avenue, Newark
Proceeds to Peter Rodino Federal Building at 970 Broad Street; City Hall at 920 Broad Street; Newark Penn Station, Market Street; Military Park, 633 Broad Street

12 p.m. – Paterson Juneteenth wreath laying with Mayor André Sayegh and the City Council
Underground Railroad monument at 125 Broadway, Paterson, NJ

5 p.m. – Juneteenth flag-raising ceremony with East Orange Mayor Ted Green and City Council
East Orange City Hall – 44 City Hall Plaza, East Orange, NJ

12 p.m. – Juneteenth webinar: Afternoon filled with a mix of African dance, both past and present
Free Zoom event (on Zoom app or
Webinar ID: 967 2132 0485
Passcode: 982625

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Live conversation between the public and NYPD
Live on Instagram here: @letstalknypdforum