Juneteenth Celebrations

Maplewood and South Orange Celebrate Juneteenth 2021.
 Starting with a Flag Raising Ceremony on Monday June 14th and culminating on Saturday June 19 with a day full of activities and a special evening Celebration on Floods Hill.

*Partial list subject to change. Check back for updates*

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A Celebration of Black Poetry, Music, And Art

June 13 12:00 - 2:30pm
 Yale Corner- 1866 Springfield AVe., Maplewood


  • Poetry Reading with the Maplewood Block Lives Matter Poetry Project
  • Music by Greg Bufford Trio and others
  • Art Kits by Express Yourself Studio
  • Craft Vending by Black-Owned Businesses

Sponsored by Springfield Ave. Partnership, Maplewood Arts Council, Le Petite Academy, HLS Juice Bar & Grill and Maplewood Division of Arts & Culture



Juneteenth Flag Ceremony

June 14th, 4:00pm

Flagpole, South Orange Ave at Irvington Ave.

Join South Orange Village, Maplewood Village and the NAACP of the Oranges & Maplewood as we commemorate Juneteenth with a special flag ceremony at the South Orange Flagpole on South Orange Avenue and Irvington Avenue at 4pm on Monday, June 14th. This begins a week of special events and activities commemorating and celebrating Juneteenth.

Sponsors: NAACP Oranges & Maplewood, South Orange Village, Maplewood Township


SOPL Presents Juneteenth 2021 Programs

Turning Pages: A Virtual Book Talk on Zoom

When: Monday, June 14, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us on Zoom for a virtual book talk commemorating Juneteenth. 

Juneteenth in Stories: For All Ages

When: Tuesday, June 15 at 3 pm 

Outside in Library Garden

Envisioning Freedom: A Juneteenth Celebration

When: Thursday, June 17, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for this special talk about Juneteenth by assistant professor Mia White at The New School in NYC. This program will be held outdoors (weather permitting) and on Zoom.

To join virtual events visit: https://www.sopl.org/events/

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Black Mayors discuss Juneteenth.

Its history and Importance Today.

June 16 7:30pm | Virtual


Please join the Honorable Mayors of Newark, East Orange, Union and Maplewood as they discuss Juneteenth and what it means to their communities, themselves and its importance today in American society. 

Moderated by South Orange Trustee Summer Jones.

Sponsored by Maplewood Township and South Orange Village


The Socially Relevant Art of Marc A Gaston

June 17 7:00PM | Virtual


After Juneteenth many of the ex-enslaved left their enslavers with new hope in their hearts only to be faced with more hardship. Now, nearly 160 years later, we explore the present day hopes and struggles of Black Americans through the eyes of Maplewood artist Marc A. Gaston. This interactive exhibit will allow you to share your insights on his provocative artwork that lends itself so easily to social discourse. You will also hear the artist's vision as he created the work of art in question. 

 Sponsored by SOMA Action Racial Justice Committee


“Coloring Juneteenth: A Collaborative Storytime” 

June 19, 2021

Starting at 10am - by reservation

10:00am, 11:15am or 12:30pm. Each group limited to 10 families.

Jefferson Elementary School Yard -518 Ridgewood Rd, Maplewood NJ 07040


Juneteenth is a holiday that should be both fun and educational, especially for today’s youth. For “Coloring Juneteenth: Collaborative Storytime,” we have written an original, historically accurate, and future-minded children’s story book about Juneteenth with outlines of illustrations create by local BIPOC youth artists. There will be three versions of these books that kids will be able to color collaboratively while learning about the history of Juneteenth.

Sponsored by MAPSO Youth Coalition, The Miller Foundation Oyster Fest and Maplewood Department of Community Services. 

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Juneteenth Pop-up Shop at the Y

Friday, June 18 - 6 to 9 pm

A pop- up shop featuring small black-owned business, including Y employees! 

Sponsored by AAERG 

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A Celebration of Freedom at Durand-Hedden House

Sessions: 60 Minutes

June 19, 2021

11:00am - 4:00pm by registration


On June 19th, visit the Durand-Hedden House, Maplewood’s historic house museum, and its surrounding park to learn more about Juneteenth and see historical reenactors, performers, and storytellers, as well as an exhibit on the History of Slavery in New Jersey. Free, timed reservations are required due to pandemic social distancing restrictions. Co-sponsored by the SOMA Community Coalition on Race.

Sponsored by Durand Hedden House & Garden, Community Coalition on Race, Maplewood Division of Arts & Culture.

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Saturday, June 19th | 6 to 9:30 pm

Celebrate Freedom Day on Flood's Hill with FREE live performances and music. Bring your own picnic or purchase BBQ and beer from the Gaslight Beer Garden.