Devils and Prudential Center to Recognize Juneteenth

According to a post on Facebook put out by the Devils at about 5 PM today, the organization will be closing the offices of both the club and the Prudential Center tomorrow, Friday, June 19, in recognition of Juneteenth.

Juneteenth is an unofficial American holiday (except in Texas where it is an official state holiday), celebrating the official emancipation of the last slaves in the Confederacy following the American Civil War.

On June 19, 1865, Union Army General Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas proclaiming slaves in Texas to be free. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had actually freed all slaves almost three years before, due to Texas’ remote location at the time, enforcement of the Proclamation was difficult for Union forces.

Celebrations of the holiday go back to 1866 and are usually celebrated in most major cities nationwide today.

The Devils and Prudential Center are recognizing it as a permanent company holiday in order for players and staff “to reflect, learn and celebrate Juneteenth as we collectively work toward racial equality.”

There is currently a movement among citizens to get the holiday recognized as a federal holiday in the United States at large.

Devils to Broadcast Jersey 4 Jersey Benefit

Tomorrow, at 7 PM ET, the Jersey 4 Jersey benefit fundraiser will be broadcast. The event will feature musicians “and celebrities from their homes and will recognize New Jersey’s strength and character, including first-hand accounts from front-line workers impacted by the [COVID-19] pandemic.”

The event will be broadcast on outlets such as WABC Channel 7, WPVI 6ABC, WPIX, News12, NJTV, in the New York/New Jersey and Philadelphia/New Jersey markets. It will be aired on terrestrial radio on 1010 WINS, WCBS 880, WFAN, New York’s Country 94.7, Alt 92.3 and Q104.3 in New York City. Digitally, it will be available worldwide on Apple Music, AppleTV apps and E Street Radio on SiriusXM.

Throughout New Jersey, the event will be on 95.9 WRAT, 100.1 WJRZ, 105.5 WDHA and 107.1 The Boss just to name a few radio stations.

In addition to that, you can also watch on the New Jersey Devils Twitter and Facebook accounts and the Prudential Twitter and Facebook accounts. MSG Plus, MSG Go and the Devils Hockey Network (on will also be airing it.

The guests will include Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Saquon Barkley, Tony Bennett, Danny DeVito, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock, Halsey, Chelsea Handler, Charlie Puth, Kelly Ripa, Jon Stewart and SZA.

It will be raising funds for “to help families and communities recover from the pandemic.” The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund will be taking donations now and on Wednesday, April 22 on their website According to the site, “donations go directly to the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.”