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AAPI Montclair’s Lantern Festival Returns This Sunday 5/19

by Samantha Impaglia
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As we near the start of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, details on the fourth Lantern Festival for Justice and Remembrance have been announced. Hosted by local non-profit AAPI Montclair, the free event will take place at Edgemont Park in Montclair on Sunday, May 19th, and include thousands of lanterns that will light up the sky. Read on for more details about the 2024 Lantern Festival in Montclair.

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2024 Lantern Festival Details

The 2024 Lantern Festival for Justice and Remembrance will take place in Montclair on Sunday, May 19th from 6PM – 9PM on Valley Road in Edgemont Memorial Park. In case of inclement weather, the rain date is set for Sunday, June 9th. This event was created by AAPI Montclair in 2021 to remember those who have been killed or harmed by violence, injustice, and anti-Asian hate — with the lanterns serving as a memorial.

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“Let’s stand together against all forms of hate and celebrate community and solidarity, and our shared goals of securing justice for all,” AAPI Montclair states on the website.

Happenings in addition to the lanterns include live music, food trucks, kids’ activities, the opportunity to dedicate lanterns with a special message, community partner tables, and a program featuring local and state leaders.


Although the lantern festival is free, those interested can donate or sponsor a lantern — more information on that will be released soon. Funds will be raised to help cover the cost of the event, support AAPI Montclair, and raise funds for other local organizations.

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About AAPI Montclair

AAPI Montclair is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that represents Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Montclair, Northern New Jersey, and beyond. Its mission is to help create a more inclusive community by uplifting the experiences of AAPI people while promoting awareness and education about AAPI culture and history. The organization hosts a variety of events throughout the year to help spread core values of inclusion and belonging, community, diversity, and justice — including special events for each year’s AAPI Heritage Month.

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