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