September 10, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil D. Murphy signed legislation (S19), which designates the third Friday in June as a State and public holiday, known as Juneteenth Day.
The African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County (AACCofMC) in partnership with the NJ Legislative District 15 (Senator Shirley Turner. Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds Jackson and Assemblyman Anthony Verelli) are planning the first ever city-wide Juneteenth celebration. Tapping collaborators such as the Outdoor Equity Alliance (OEA), the Mercer County Park Commission (MCPC) and the City of Trenton. The purpose of this carefully planned and socially distanced event is to highlight a few very poignant and current issues through displays of culture, collaboration, commerce, unity and education. Although the weekend will center on contributions of African-American people in our area, we invite other communities and groups to contribute to create a fuller, truer picture of the African-American experience state wide.
The City of Trenton as the central location for this event, comprises more than 60% minorities, yet the cohesiveness that ancestrally connects at least 45% of the residents, has never been shared in this format across cultures. The planning team will work proactively to engage and educate the community at every age and socioeconomic level to foster awareness and shared connectedness.
Our intent is that people will come away with a greater understanding of the African-American experience as a part of our collective history and a greater commitment to mutual understanding, mutual collaboration for the mutual benefit of all. “No one is free until we are all free.” That was the message of the first Juneteenth and that is our message today.
Event Dates, Time, and Location– Invite Only
Event Date– June 18th
Time– 12 PM- 8 PM
Event Location– The location of the event is at Mill Hill Park at West Front Street and South Broad Street.
Vendor Setup Locations– Main Stage– Mill Hill Park Front Street Between South Broad Street and South Montgomery Street. Each vendor will receive a space number.
Literacy Village– Mill Hill Park Front Street Between South Broad Street and South Broad Street
Set Up Time– June 18th, 7am-10am
VENDOR PARKING IS LOCATED AT THE LIBERTY COMMONS GARAGE.
Breakdown Time June 18th breakdown begins at 8:00pm.
Parking– Vendor, Presenter and Volunteer parking will be located at 1 West Lafayette Street Trenton, NJ and 16 East Front Street Trenton, NJ.
Parking Pass– All vendors and presenters will receive a parking pass.
Permits– All vendors selling require a City Permit. Vendors selling food require a Health Permit, FIre Permit (if applicable) and City Permit. Remember the City Permit Fee is included in the vendor fee.
The African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County Vendor Chair will pick up all City Permits. YOU WILL RECEIVE A COPY OF THE CITY PERMIT AND HEALTH PERMIT ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT.
FOOD VENDORS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR HEALTH PERMIT AND FIRE PERMIT. PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING LINK TO APPLY FOR FIRE PERMIT.
Food and Beverage
Vendors are responsible for obtaining a Health Permit ($50.00). The Vendor Chair will assist if needed with obtaining the Health Permit. All Permit applications will be submitted to the City of Trenton.
Vendor Supplies– All vendors must supply their own tent, table, chairs, generators, etc. POWER WILL NOT BE PROVIDED.
Raindates– The rain date for the event is the following Saturday, June 25th.
Event Updates– For updates visit our website at www.taacf.com.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to respond via email or call 609-474-4073. Thank you all!