Courtesy NAACP Metuchen-Edison Area Branch

EDISON, N.J. – The NAACP Metuchen-Edison-Piscataway Area Branch, in collaboration with Edison Township, AT&T, Mobile Family Success of Middlesex County, Middlesex County Board of Commissioners & Arts Division, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, announces the 23rd Annual Juneteenth Festival. The free event will take place Saturday, June 10, from noon to 8:30 p.m. at Papaianni Park, located at 100 Municipal Blvd. in Edison.

Juneteenth “Freedom Day” commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. It is a day of reflection, education and celebration of African American history and culture. This year’s festival aims to celebrate the diversity of New Jersey and foster unity among all communities.

The festival will feature such acts as the Lumzy Sisters, Cimarrones Afro Puerto Rican Bomba Ensemble, Eastside Dance Project, American Dance Studios, Earth Wind and Fire Tribute Band, B2Z Dance School, Haynes Preparatory School, and the Jai Bharat Dhol Tasha Pathak Dance Group.

In addition to performances, the festival will offer a wide range of activities for attendees of all ages. Sports enthusiasts can participate in a basketball tournament at 10 a.m., while children can enjoy pony rides, amusement rides and face-painting sessions. One of the festival’s highlights is the attempt to break the record for the world’s longest soul train line.

The event will also feature a diverse array of merchandise and food vendors.

The 23rd Annual Juneteenth Festival is made possible through the generous support of sponsors: AT&T, Mobile Family Success of Middlesex County, Middlesex County Board of Commissioners & Arts Division and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Their commitment to fostering inclusivity and supporting community events has played a pivotal role in making this celebration a reality, according to event organizers.

For more information about the 23rd Annual Juneteenth Festival, visit the official Juneteenth website at or on Facebook or contact Michelle Haynes, Community Outreach Liaison, NAACP Metuchen-Edison Area Branch (MEAB) at 732-377-3771.

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