A Juneteenth Celebration: The Cookout – June 17th

Juneteenth Celebration: The Cookout

City of Linden 

The City of Linden will be celebrating a day of culture, sharing, and learning on “A Juneteenth Celebration: The Cookout”, an engaging showcase that connects the past to the present using storytelling, music, dance and food.Juneteenth, short for June 19th, commemorates the date enslaved people, in the U.S., got word that they were free. Acknowledging this federal holiday is important, as it not only marks the end of slavery, but gives all Americans a sense of encouragement and inspiration to continue to fight for freedom.

Mayor Derek Armstead announced that The City of Linden and Department of Parks and Recreation will be hosting this event. This Juneteenth Commemoration will be managed by McManus Middle School Counselor, Eric Stanley, and will be sponsored by the Linden Education Association (LEA). The event will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2023 (12 p.m. – 4 p.m.) at the Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade located at 400 North Wood Avenue Linden, N.J. 07036. Rain date will be June 18, 2023 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.).

This day will be filled with family learning experiences that will capture the heart of African American History and unify the community. Join us and support our local vendors while celebrating a joyous event. There will be food trucks, live entertainment, and fun activities for everyone to enjoy. For more information, please contact Eric Stanley at EricStanley302@gmail.com or call the Department of Recreation at 908-474-8600.

Mayor Derek Armstead stated “I am proud to be the first African American Mayor of the City of Linden”. He also said “Linden is a diverse city, and we welcome all different cultures and backgrounds”. 

Celebrating Juneteenth, also encourages people to look back at the past and learn more about African American history.