Celebrating together at the Juneteenth celebration in Glenfield Park June 19 were, from left, Veronica Harris; Rodney Jackson, a co-founder of the Teachers Undoing Racism Now! Group in the Montclair Public Schools; and Diane Anglin, the education committee chair from the Montclair NAACP.
Juneteenth celebration the Juneteenth Jubilee held Saturday, June 19 at Glenfield Park. (SHANE PAUL NEIL / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)

Saturday marked a series of firsts for Juneteenth in Montclair.

It was the first Juneteenth since the Montclair Public School district marked the holiday on its calendar. It was the first Juneteenth since Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law last year making it a public holiday in New Jersey, and since President Joe Biden — just this past Thursday — signed a law making it a federal holiday.

Township offices were closed this year on Friday to mark Juneteenth as well.

And it was the first year Montclair residents came together for a week-long, township-wide celebration, marked by virtual and in-person events that culminated with the Juneteenth Jubilee at Glenfield Park. That celebration followed the Montclair Black History 5K run and walk hosted by Fleet Feet Montclair at Edgemont Park.




See photos and video by Shane Paul Neil from the celebration below — starting with a performance from tapdancer Maurice Chestnut.

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The microphone was open for poets and singers who wanted to add to the festivities at the Juneteenth Jubilee held Saturday, June 19 at Glenfield Park. (SHANE PAUL NEIL / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Children from The School of Rock were the opening act for the Juneteenth Jubilee held Saturday, June 19 at Glenfield Park. The group performed hits by Jamiroquai, The Gorillaz, and Earth, Wind, And Fire. (SHANE PAUL NEIL / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Kyle Marshall dances at the Juneteenth Jubilee held Saturday, June 19 at Glenfield Park. (SHANE PAUL NEIL / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
The microphone was open for poets and singers who wanted to add to the festivities at the Juneteenth Jubilee held Saturday, June 19 at Glenfield Park. (SHANE PAUL NEIL / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Montclair’s first township-wide observance of Juneteenth culminated with a celebration in Glenfield Park Saturday, June 19, 2021. The celebration included music, dance and poetry performances. (SHANE PAUL NEIL / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Crowds gathered Saturday for the Juneteenth Jubilee at Glenfield Park. (SHANE PAUL NEIL / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
A version of the Juneteenth flag, on display the Juneteenth Jubilee held Saturday, June 19 at Glenfield Park. (SHANE PAUL NEIL / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Crowds gathered to celebrate at the Juneteenth Jubilee held Saturday, June 19 at Glenfield Park. (SHANE PAUL NEIL / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Crowds gathered to celebrate at the Juneteenth Jubilee held Saturday, June 19 at Glenfield Park. (SHANE PAUL NEIL / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Tapdancer Maurice Chestnut was among the performers at the Juneteenth Jubilee held Saturday, June 19 at Glenfield Park. (SHANE PAUL NEIL / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Kyle Marshall dances at the Juneteenth Jubilee held Saturday, June 19 at Glenfield Park. (SHANE PAUL NEIL / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)